Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program
What is FSS?
The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program is a self-paced program that is designed to assist Section 8 participants in working towards economic stability through employment, financial literacy, and education. Participants work closely with their FSS Specialist to address any challenges and overcome barriers by providing referrals to community partners that can provide supportive services. The FSS program also offers a unique savings opportunity for participants.
To learn more, please review the FSS Program Brochure or watch the video below:
The FSS program is only available to current Section 8 program participants.
How to Enroll
If you are interested in the FSS program, please complete THIS INTEREST FORM.
After submission, you will be contacted by the FSS specialist to schedule an orientation. You will be scheduled upon the soonest availability. During the FSS orientation, you will go over your employment and educational goals and develop an Individual Training and Services Plan (ITSP). This ITSP will outline what you will be working on over the course of your 5-year Contract of Participation (CoP).
If you have any additional questions, please contact FSS Specialist:
Yanira Ruiz 714-765-4320 ext. 4763
Do I need to be employed to join the FSS Program?
No, however, you must be willing to become employed.
Will I lose my housing assistance once I graduate from the program?
Although it is our hope that families will become self-sufficient by the end of their FSS journey, you may still continue to receive rental assistance if you remain income-eligible and are in good standing with the Housing Authority’s rules and regulations.
What happens if I do not complete the Contract of Participation (CoP) and do not graduate from the program?
Any funds in your escrow account will be forfeited and you will be exited from the FSS program. Your rental assistance is not impacted if you do not complete your Contract of Participation (CoP).
Do we help with the home-buying process?
No, however, we provide resources and tools throughout your participation in the FSS program so you may be able to become a homeowner after graduation.
Can I modify the goals outlined in my Individual Training and Services Plan (ITSP)?
Yes, please contact the FSS Specialist to discuss how you can request a change.
Can anyone in the household participate in the program? Can the Contract of Participation (CoP) be transferred within the household?
Yes, but certain conditions must be met. Please speak to the FSS Specialist to get more information.