Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) is a HUD program that enables CHA’s families to build financial assets while working toward educational, professional, and personal goals such as:

  • Reducing debt/improving credit
  • Earning a post-secondary degree or GED
  • Starting a new career
  • Obtaining a new job
  • Starting a business
  • Becoming a homeowner

Our FSS partner, Heartland Human Care Services, works directly with families on goal setting, increasing financial literacy, and provides mentoring to empower families in making positive life changes.

An FSS escrow savings account enables families to build financial assets. As participants achieve goals and increase household income, their rent increases; an amount equitable to the monthly rent increase is set aside into the FSS savings account.  When participants meet goals and graduate from the program, they are eligible to receive a payout of the monies accrued throughout the duration of participation – the average payout to a family is around $6,000.

Visit CHAngemakers to read stories of success from FSS and other CHA programs. 


For more information, call the FSS hotline at (773) 672-6644 or attend an information session.

No RSVP required!

CHA Central Office – 60 E. Van Buren

Tuesday              10/4/16                3pm – 5pm
Tuesday              11/1/16                3pm – 5pm

CHA South Office – 10 W. 35th St.
Thursday             9/15/16                3pm – 5pm
Thursday             10/13/16              3pm – 5pm

CHA West Office – 2750 W. Roosevelt
Thursday             9/22/16                12pm – 1pm

Heartland Alliance Office – 400 W. 76th St. Suite 112

Saturday             10/8/16                12pm – 1pm
Saturday             11/12/16              12pm – 1pm
Saturday             12/10/16              12pm – 1pm

Heartland Alliance Office – 4411 N. Ravenswood, 3rd Floor
Wednesday         10/26/16              12pm – 1pm
Thursday             12/1/16                12pm – 1pm

Heartland Alliance Office – 208 S. LaSalle, Suite 1300

Thursday             11/3/16                12pm – 1pm

Charles Hayes Family Investment Center (FIC) – 4859 S. Wabash
Thursday             11/17/16              5pm – 6pm

More Information

FSS brochure (English)
FSS brochure (Spanish)
FSS flyer