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Family Self-Sufficiency Program

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Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) is a voluntary program designed to assist HCV families in becoming independent of public assistance by overcoming barriers and improving knowledge, skills, and employability.  With a case manager, participants will establish a plan to achieve goals and connect with community resources.

Are you motivated to change your current life circumstances?

  The Family Self-Sufficiency program can help you:

  • Do your GOALS include getting a better JOB?  We help make a plan and connect with supportive services, such as career advisors, employment services, and training/educational opportunities, grants and scholarships.
  • Financial incentive:  When your earned income increases (and your portion of the rent goes up), FSS puts money aside each month in an FSS escrow account.  This money becomes yours when you complete the goals in your plan.
  • Our FSS SUCCESS/HOMEBUYERS CLUB and other partner services will help you understand how to become a homeowner, increase your credit rating, and learn about opportunities that will allow you to buy.
  • Attend our annual CONFERENCE or other workshops and RESOURSES that inspire, educate, and create a positive approach to help you move forward. 

If you are interested in the FSS Program, your next steps are:

  1. Complete the Interest form and Application:  You may download the FSS Application [PDF] or contact Donna Hunter at 480-644-3540 or come to the Housing office.
  2. Attend an FSS Briefing to learn about program details and enrollment information.
  3. Sign an FSS contract and develop an Individual Training and Services Plan with a case manager to participate in the program for up to 5 years.

Eligibility:

  • Current HCV participants in Mesa are eligible to apply for enrollment in the FSS Program.  
  • Current employment is not a requirement to enroll in the FSS program, but the FSS contract requires participants to "seek and maintain suitable employment."
  • Enrollment may be subject to program size limitations and applicant's approval by FSS selection committee.

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