In observance of Memorial Day, all County Housing offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2024. We will resume our regular business hours on Tuesday, May 28, 2024.

For Public Housing maintenance emergencies, please call (314) 429-3811.

For HCV resident emergencies, please get in touch with your landlord.

Family Self-Sufficiency Program

HUD’s Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program is designed to help individuals and families who receive Housing Choice Vouchers gain economic self-sufficiency. In this program, families work with dedicated FSS coordinators on staff at County Housing to set and work toward specific goals that lead to increased financial independence and stability.

To participate in the FSS program, individuals or families must be active participants in the Housing Choice Voucher program. Eligibility requirements include having a verifiable source of income and compliance with program rules.

Participation in the FSS program is entirely voluntary. Participants choose to enroll and set their own goals for self-sufficiency.

Each participant is assigned a coordinator who works closely with them to develop an Individual Training and Services Plan (ITSP). The ITSP outlines the participant’s goals, the steps they need to take to achieve those goals, and the services and resources needed to support their efforts.

Participants work with their case manager to identify personal and family goals. These goals can vary widely and may include completing education or job training, finding stable employment, improving financial literacy, reducing debt, and achieving homeownership.

One of the unique features of the FSS program is the escrow account. As participants’ income increases due to employment or other sources, a portion of that increase is deposited into an escrow account. If participants successfully complete their goals and graduate from the program, they receive the funds in the escrow account as a lump-sum payment. This can provide a significant financial boost to help participants achieve their long-term objectives.

Participants have access to various supportive services provided by County Housing’s partner agencies, which can include job training, educational assistance, childcare services, transportation assistance, and counseling. These services are designed to help participants overcome barriers to self-sufficiency.

Participants meet regularly with their case managers to track progress toward their goals and adjust their plans as needed. Case managers provide guidance, support, and referrals to resources as necessary.

To complete the program successfully, participants must meet their established goals and demonstrate economic self-sufficiency.

After graduating from the program, participants can continue to receive Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance as long as they remain eligible.

Contact your caseworker to learn how to get started in the program.