WHAT IS FAMILY SELF-SUFFICIENCY (FSS)?
Family Self-Sufficiency is a program designed to help families become economically independent by creating a family plan for the future. Available community resources are accessed to help the family achieve their goals.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAM?
You must 18 years old or older and the head of household in either public housing or Section 8; who is currently residing in Fayette County Housing Authority’s jurisdiction.
WHY SHOULD YOU PARTICIPATE IN THE FAMILY SELF-SUFFICIENCY PROGRAM?
Financial Independence! Participating families move toward financial independence while saving money for homeownership, education, transportation and other job related expenses.
HOW DO I SAVE MONEY?
FSS participants sign a Contract of Participation and complete a Family Development Plan that outlines the family's goals and objectives. The rent payment amount upon entrance to the program is the family's baseline. As the family's rent increases the amount paid in rent above the baseline is escrowed (saved for the family) by FCHA. The family will be able to access this amount when:
- The family has reached its goals and objectives developed in the Family Development Plan
- The family has been free of welfare assistance for at least (1) year
- The family has complied with the lease agreement
- The family has obtained and maintained suitable employment.
WHAT WILL YOU DO TO REACH HELP ME REACH MY GOALS?
FCHA staff supports the family's efforts to achieve these goals by making referrals to participating agencies. Referrals may include:
- Child Care
- GED Preparation
- JOb Search Assistance
- Job Training
- Assertiveness Skills Training
- Marketable Skills Development
- Credit Counseling
- Support Groups
- Homeownership Counseling
HOW DO I APPLY FOR THE FAMILY SELF-SUFFICIENCY PROGRAM?
Fill out an application and MAIL to:
Fayette County Housing Authority
624 Pittsburgh Road
Uniontown, PA 15401
Attention: FSS Program
For more information contact: