FSS Program

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The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program was designed to assist Section 8 and Public Housing families achieve economic independence. This HUD initiative refers participating families to services for education, career counseling, money management, job training, and placement services and much more.

The majority of the participants will receive a savings account that grows as the family’s earned employment income rises. Upon completion of the FSS Program the family receives the accumulated money. This money may be used to purchase a home, pay for higher education, start a business, or pursue other personal goals.

The FSS Section 8 Participant may also take advantage of the Homeownership Program upon preparation and qualification to purchase a single family home. The Section 8 voucher would then be converted to a homeownership voucher.

Families join the program when the head of household commits to achieving personal goals within the FSS participation contract. The participant selects goals that are realistic, measurable and will help increase their income which can help them move ahead. The following are just some of the goals that our participants are working on:

GED or High School Diploma
Training classes / programs
Getting a CT Drivers License
Becoming debt free
Home Buyer Education

ESL – English as a second language
Attend college for a certificate or degree
Purchasing a car
Repair or build a good credit score
Saving Money
Buying a House

The FSS Program Coordinators will help you define your goals and the steps needed to achieve them, connect you to the services you need and will also offer support, motivation. For more information, details or to attend an orientation session contact one of the following Coordinators:

FSS Section 8

Teri Ramos 203-235-0157 extension 7109 or teri.ramos@meriden-ha.com

FSS Public Housing

Sara Vega 203-235-0157 extension 7113 or sara_vega@meriden-ha.com