Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program
 

(New) Video Message from HUD Deputy Secretary for FSS Graduates

(New) FY21 Award Announcements


FSS Proposed Rule 

Proposed Sample Escrow Calculation Worksheet 


Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program Listserv
If you are a public housing agency (PHA) administering the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program, we recommend that you subscribe to our listserv. This listserv is for FSS program coordinators and any pertinent PHA staff. Subscribers will automatically receive email notifications of important program news and updates. This is a free service.

FSS Performance Measurement System:

 

Overview

WHAT IS FSS? A video by Compass Working Capital

FSS is a program that enables HUD-assisted families to increase their earned income and reduce their dependency on welfare assistance and rental subsidies.

Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) work in collaboration with a Program Coordinating Committee (PCC) to secure commitments of public and private resources for the operation of the FSS program, to develop the PHA’s FSS Action Plan (the FSS policy framework), and to implement the program.

Once an eligible family is selected to participate in the program, the PHA, and the head of each participating family execute a FSS Contract of Participation that specifies the rights and responsibilities of both parties. The term of the FSS contract is generally 5 years, but it may be extended for another 2 years by the PHA for good cause.

The FSS contract also incorporates the family’s individual training and services plan (ITSP). The ITSP is the document that records the plan for the family. That is, the series of intermediate and long-term goals and the steps the family needs to take – and the services and resources they may need to access – to achieve those goals.”

FSS Fact Sheet: provides general FSS program information.

PHA Contact Information: for contact information of all PHAs by State, not only PHAs that administer an FSS program, click here.

Funding for FSS Program Coordinator Salaries

Each year, once Congress appropriates funding for the FSS program, HUD makes that funding available through a competitive process under a NOFA. Funding is specifically for PHAs that administer an FSS program to pay for the salaries of an FSS program coordinator(s); not for the payment of services. Additionally, individuals are not eligible to apply for funding through a NOFA. Instead, eligible families that are interested in participating in FSS may contact a PHA in their area that administers an FSS program.

PIC Reporting

FSS Guidebook and Training are Available

  • Announcement from PIH GDAS and Office of Housing GDAS
  • Administering an Effective Family Self-Sufficiency Program: A Guidebook Based on Evidence and Promising Practices
  • FSS Online Training
  • FSS Resource Library page on HUDExchange
    PLEASE DO utilize the “Get Credit” function, as it is possible that the training will be mandatory for eligibility for future FSS NOFA funding.
  • FSS During COVID-19: A Conversation with HUD and Compass on HUD's Guidance, Flexibility, and Innovation - This page includes the webinar recording, the slides for download, and the written Q&A.
  • FSS During COVID-19, Part II: Innovations & Lessons from the Field- This also includes a high-level overview of the Eviction Prevention and Stability Toolkit
  • July 28, 2020 HUD PIH webinar on supportive services available to PHAs and Tribes/TDHEs during the COVID-19 epidemic. Recording, slide deck

  • Here is the link to the NELROD webinar that Anice Chenault, FSS Program Manager, presented March, 2020  www.nelrod.com/ondemand -The webinar covers current thinking on brain science about trauma and executive function, the trauma-informed care program model, best practices in FSS program design and case management, as well as current FSS topics. This is a shorter version of the FSS update/best practices training that has been presented at several local Regional conferences over the past several years. You’ll need to register at NELROD and it may take up to 24 hours for that registration to be activated. Once you are registered, search for Family Self-Sufficiency.

  • PHAs, Apprenticeship Programs & Unions – Why and How To!
    On February 17th, 2022, The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Field Policy and Management hosted a workshop attended by approximately 100 Public Housing Authorities, 20 industry experts from labor unions and worker advocacy groups, and 30 HUD staff from PIH and FPM. This four-hour workshop allowed PHAs to gain a deeper understanding of best practices, tools, and resources needed to implement new or connect with already established pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships in their communities. Organizations such as Laborers International Union of North America, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, HIRE360, Policy Matters Ohio, The Worker Institute at Cornell University, Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration, and PHA’s leading in this effort connected directly with the group of PHAs selected for the training and the workshop gave attendees a platform to discuss barriers and challenges they’ve faced and for others to respond and coach them through the barriers. Topics included recruitment and retention of workers, benefits of apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships, increasing women’s economic opportunity in construction, and funding sources to support workforce development and career support services. 

  • Consumer Finance Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Guide to Remote Financial Coaching and related Bureau resources. You can access the recording, slides, transcript, links to the resources discussed, and output from group activities.  This is an excellent corollary to CFPB’s Your Money, Your Goals financial empowerment and consumer protection resources. These webinars will showcase Your Money, Your Goals tools and materials that frontline staff and volunteers use with traditionally underserved populations. This series is designed for new and experienced practitioners who would like to receive an overview of the latest resources and exchange tips and strategies for using the tools with clients. The series will focus on content related to: financial well-being, consumer protection, cash flow, credit, debt, savings, financial products, and other topics.

Program Rules and Requirements

Accounting

  • How to Report Escrow
  • Accounting Brief No. 23 - Financial Reporting for the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program. This brief provides information on the FDS line items and financial transactions involved in reporting the Family Self-Sufficiency Program. Note: This brief supersedes information issued in Accounting Brief No. 23, issued in May of 2015. Summary of Changes.

FSS program Performance Management

Family Unification Program (FUP) Youth and FSS Program Demonstration & Fostering Youth Initiative (FYI) Vouchers & Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities (FSHO)

In the FY2015 Appropriations Act for HUD, Congress authorized a demonstration to test the effectiveness of combining Housing Choice Vouchers for eligible youth lacking adequate housing under FUP with assistance under the FSS program.

The Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Amendments, passed by Congress in the 2021 Appropriations pairs FUP Youth and FYI vouchers with the FSS program (or similar) to extend the life of the vouchers as long as the participant is in the FSS program.  See Implementation of the Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Amendments for the Federal Register notice calling for public comment on its implementation

Publications on HUD's FSS program

Other Resources