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Family Self-Sufficiency Program

What is the Family Self-Sufficiency Program?

The Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS) is an innovative voluntary program that helps Section 8 participants and Public Housing residents achieve economic independence over a 5 year period. Participants work with an FSS Coordinator to assess their strengths, identify barriers, set goals and achieve them.

What areas does the program cover?

  • Career Counseling         
  • Self-Esteem
  • Education
  • Money Management
  • Training
  • Savings
  • English as a Second Language
  • Employment
  • Job Readiness
  • Home Ownership
  • Child Care
  • Credit Counseling
  • Transportation

Who is eligible?

Section 8 participants and Public Housing residents whose goal is economic independence are eligible to participate in the program. Once the person who is the head of the household signs an FSS Contract of Participation, all family members in the home who are 18 years of age are also eligible for services.

What are the benefits to you and your family?

Through the FSS Program, you can develop your skills and gain the training you need to achieve economic independence. With your FSS Coordinator as your advocate, you and other adult family members will access the resources you need to achieve short-term and long-term goals.

How does this savings account work?

Normally, when income increases and you live in subsidized housing, your rent will increase. However, if you participate in the FSS Program and your earned income increases, HACG will put a portion of your rent increase into an escrow savings account.

How long is the program?

You may participate in the FSS Program for up to 5 years. In some cases, FSS may extend the contract for 2 more years. You will graduate from FSS when you have achieved self-sufficiency - that means when you no longer need TANF.

For more information and how to enroll, contact:

Sydney Peeler
Section 8 FSS Coordinator
706-571-2873, ext. 2878
speeler@columbushousing.org

LaKisa Russell
Public Housing FSS Coordinator
706-571-2800 ext. 889
lrussell@columbushousing.org

 

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