Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS)

Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) is a HUD program designed to help public housing residents, Housing Choice Voucher participants, and residents of multifamily assisted housing to increase their earnings and build assets and financial capability.

The mission of the Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS Program) is to lead the way to opportunities through first rate Case Management for families to achieve new capabilities that lead to sustainable and permanent self sufficiency.

Who is eligible?

Any resident of Public Housing or Housing Choice Voucher Recipient who enrolls can be eligible for the FSS Program.

How does it work?

Once enrolled you will have a case manager who will assist you in accessing employment, educational, financial, and health resources.

What are the benefits?

Job search and retention, Escrow Savings Account, Credit Counseling, Budget Preparation, Homeownership Counseling, and much more…

What is escrow?

Escrow is a financial reward calculated by increases in the family income that results in increased rent. For example, if your rent increases by $200 because of wages or a business, you will automatically save $200 each time you pay rent!

Important to know...

The Department of Housing and Urban Development released the final rule, allowing individuals and families to use vouchers toward mortgage payments. The use of vouchers for homeownership will give many low-income individuals and families the opportunity to purchase their own homes.

Participants in the Housing Choice Homeownership Program may have their mortgage payments subsidized for a maximum term of 15 years on a mortgage loan of 20 years or more. Mortgage loans less than 20 years may be subsidized for a maximum term of 10 years. The maximum term limits for minimum income and employment do not apply for elderly or disabled families

The FSS Program Team

Christine Walton

Christine Welton,

FSS Coordinator

Joined HACFM in February of 2020. She has 15 years of experience in Client Services and Community Outreach.

“I am looking forward to the opportunity to utilize my skills and experience from working and living in Southwest Florida for the last thirty years. My experience will help F.S.S participants to navigate services and opportunities which will lead them to Self Sufficiency.” ~ Christine Welton

Ph: (239) 344-3252

Joshua Mckie

Joshua Mckie,

FSS Coordinator

Joshua McKie FSS Coordinator. Joshua aids FSS Participants by providing excellent case management, access to resources, and skill development to residents. He is a social worker who graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) in May 2020.

“I hope to help create a new era in public housing in which people do not feel defeated by economic hardship but instead are motivated to pursue a better lifestyle for themselves and their families.” ~ Joshua McKie

Ph: (239) 344-3247

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