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This service ensures that all residents live stable and independent lives, including assisting our residents gain access to needed health care and social services to help improve the quality of their lives.
Family Self-Sufficiency Program
The mission of the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program is to assist motivated individuals and families to become economically independent and self-sufficient by working together to overcome barriers, build self-esteem, and establish and attain goals.
The Family Self-Sufficiency Program is a voluntary program for participants in the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) and the Public Housing Program. Its purpose is to assist families receiving Housing and Urban Development (HUD) assistance in these programs to improve their economic situation and reduce their dependence on public assistance. FSS is for those people who are unemployed, or are already employed and want to increase their income. They must be willing to commit to changing their lives.
As FSS participants succeed in raising their family income, the portion of their monthly income contributed toward their Section 8 or Public Housing rent payment also increases. HUD regulations allow a percentage of their rent increase to be deposited into an interest bearing escrow account. If the family meets its goals within five (5) years, is suitably employed, is free from welfare assistance for a period of twelve (12) consecutive months, and completes a HUD-approved financial training workshop, the participant will receive the funds in this account.
Participating families are required to sign a five-year Contract of Participation with the Housing Authority (a two-year extension may be granted in some cases). An Individual Training and Services Plan will be developed to outline employment goals, education and/or job training, and services needed for each participant. FSS staff will work with the households to identify and locate the services they need in order to accomplish their goals.
You can participate in the FSS Program if you:
- Have a Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) or live in a Public Housing complex
- Are 18 years of age or older
- Are interested in obtaining job training or education
- Want career counseling and direction in life
- Want to save money for your future
- Want to become financial independent
There are a limited number of slots available for the FSS Program. If you are interested in this program complete the Family Self-Sufficiency application form and return by mail to: HASLO, Attn: FSS, P.O. Box 1289, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406-1289; or in person to: HASLO, 487 Leff Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-4347.
The Housing Authority’s Learning Center is an education facility that is devoted to meet the needs of the residents:
The Learning Center’s mission is to provide expanded access to services that enhance and promote education, drug deterrence, employment skills, provide a safe environment to overcome barriers, a focus on productive use of time for youth and support of individual educational goals for families.
The Learning Center’s main focus is to provide positive mentoring, providing the young participants a safe and fun environment with active, educational and healthy activities.
During the school year the Learning Center is generally open Monday through Friday from 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. This after school program is for children (18 years and younger). If you want your child to attend activities at the Learning Center, you must complete the Learning Center Release Form for each child.
• 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. is homework and tutoring only
• 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. is recreational/activities time
Special activities and events are held each month. Contact the Learning Center at (805) 594-5336 or email LearningCenter@haslo.org for the current month's Calendar of Events.
If you are interested in participating in the Family Self-Sufficiency Program fill out and return the FSS Application to:
P.O. Box 1289
San Luis Obispo, CA
480 Leff Street, Unit C
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
P.O. Box 1289
San Luis Obispo, CA 93406-1289
Telephone: (805) 594-5336