The Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS) was established by Section 554 of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act of 1990 to help residents of public housing and participant on the Housing Choice Voucher program become self-sufficient through education, training, case management, and other supportive services.
RUPCO’s FSS Program helps individuals and families, who are receiving Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) rental assistance, to get resources they need to achieve economic self-sufficiency. The major components of the FSS program are
- A Contract of Participation between RUPCO and the family
- An Individualized Training and Services Plan (ITSP)
- An interest-bearing escrow account
- Credits to a family’s escrow account are based on increased income earned by family members during the term of the contract.
- Upon successful completion of the FSS contract, a family may claim its escrow account.
The FSS Coordinator meets on a regular basis with participants to help them establish goals with will remove life barriers. Families are connected to resources that can assist them in locating scholarships to colleges and training programs, budgeting, job training, childcare, health services, and counseling.
RUPCO’s FSS Program began in 1998. Since that time, we have celebrated the success of 58 graduates. Several graduates furthered their education, and several others gave up their rental assistance. Fourteen graduates purchased their own home.