Multifamily Housing Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program

Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) is a HUD program that provides incentives and supports to help families living in multifamily assisted housing to increase their earned income and reduce their dependence on public assistance programs. FSS promotes local strategies to connect HUD-assisted families with public and private resources that help them progress toward economic independence.

Owners of privately-owned HUD assisted multifamily housing with Section 8 contracts can voluntarily establish and operate an FSS program at their housing sites. Participation in the FSS program is voluntary for families living in these properties.

The FSS program helps assisted housing residents increase their earnings and build financial assets. The program has two key features:

  • A financial incentive for residents to increase their earnings in the form of an escrow account that grows as residents’ earnings increase. The escrow account helps residents build savings that they can use to improve their quality of life and advance their personal goals.
  • Case management or coaching to help residents access services they may need to overcome barriers to employment and strengthen their financial capabilities.

For more information visit Multifamily Housing Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program.