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.
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
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