The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program is a 5-year program offered by the Housing Authority of St. Louis County to all Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher participants who are working toward becoming self-sufficient. Enrollment is voluntary and failure to sign up will not impact rental assistance.
A FSS Coordinator provides participants with help in setting goals and locating necessary resources. A FSS Coordinator evaluates where participants are currently, versus where they would like to be, and suggests ways to meet those goals.
Participation does not require a participant to have any special skills. They are required to actively seek and maintain employment or attend school or vocational job training.
When participating in the FSS program, a participant becomes eligible for an escrow account. As the participant increases his earned income, he pays more for his portion of the rent. HUD matches the rent increase with money in an escrow account set up by the Housing Authority of St. Louis County in the participant’s name. The money in the escrow account is awarded to the participant if they successfully complete the program.
At the end of the 5 years if a participant has successfully completed the requirements below, he will be considered a graduate of the FSS program.
Upon successful graduation, a check will be issued for the amount of escrow and any interest the account has earned. Receipt of the escrow check does not affect the participant’s Section 8 rental assistance.
To learn more about the FSS program, contact Dawn VanValkenburg at firstname.lastname@example.org.