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Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program
(NEW!) The FY2017 Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) is available via

Webcast of FY2017 Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) NOFA | PowerPoint Slides
FY17 FSS NOFA Frequently Asked Questions
  • You may find a copy of the NOFA and all related application materials using the following link:
  • We recommend that you search by CFDA Number (14.896) or Funding Opportunity Number (FR-6100-N-04). 
  • Applications are due on September 15, 2017
  • There are several changes from the FY2016 NOFA, including a revised HUD 52651 (now an electronic fillable form), which contains a section for Salary Comparability Information.
  • Please read both the FY2017 FSS program NOFA and the General Section of the NOFA in their entirety CAREFULLY, to ensure that all threshold and eligibility requirements are met.
  • A pre-recorded webcast will be made available soon
  • ALSO – it may appear that the HUD-52651 in the Application Package does not contain Part II, Part II.A, Part II.B, and Part 11.C…. YOU MUST ANSWER “YES” TO BOTH QUESTIONS IN PART I in order to open the rest of the form. 
  • PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make sure that you download the right application - FSS CFDA 14.896… NOT ROSS-SC CFDA 14.870 (which may be on at the same time) Mixed-up applications will NOT be processed and are NOT a basis for appeal.

"Get Ready" Letter 2017 Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program Coordinator Funding

Second “Get Ready” Letter 2017 Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program Coordinator Funding

See Below for Guidance on FSS Reporting in PIC

(NEW!)  FSS Guidebook and Training are Available
For FSS Programs Administered by Private Owners (AKA Multi-family or PBRA) 


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.

FSS PHAs and Tribes: provides a list of PHAs and Tribes that have received FSS funding from HUD between 2011 and 2016.  

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

Family Unification Program (FUP) Youth and FSS Program Demonstration

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.  

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 and Tribes 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. 

Below is a link to archived FSS NOFAs from prior years.

PIC Reporting

Logic Model (FY15 and earlier funding)

General Notices


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.

Evaluation and Research Papers of HUD’s FSS Program

Other Resources