The Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS) is a program designed to provide individual case management services to residents of public housing and Housing Choice Voucher recipients for the purpose of achieving self-sufficiency. The participants identify specific goals in which they agree to pursue accomplishing with the assistance of a case manager. These goals are concentrated in areas of education, job training and placement, budgeting and finance, credit repair, the purchase of a vehicle and/or home and much more. Goals will vary based on each individual’s needs.
More than 100 families have benefited from FSS since its inception. The program provides a holistic case-management approach involving community networking to assist families in obtaining self sufficiency through a long-term
contract of up to five years. The goal of FSS is to encourage and assist participants to attain permanent full time employment and become free of all welfare assistance programs.
Your FSS Coordinator will provide such services as:
- Assistance in identifying and reaching goals within specific time frames.
- Referrals to community support services.
- Assistance with financial planning when requested.
- Informational and educational workshops.
Frequently Asked Questions about the FSS Program (click on the plus sign to the right of a question to read the answer):
How will I benefit by enrolling in the FSS Program?
If I choose not to enroll into the FSS Program, will it effect my Housing Choice Voucher or Public Housing?
Are all adult members of a household required to participate in the program if one decides to enroll?
What are some of the accomplishments made by FSS Participants?
Who is eligible for Enrollment into the FSS program?
Any individual who is a resident of public housing or receiving housing subsidy through Housing Choice Voucher is eligible to enroll into the Family Self-Sufficiency Program. These individuals must also be in compliance with their local Housing Authority as well as other community support agencies.
In order to enroll in the FSS program through Hagerstown Housing Authority, your public housing or Housing Choice Voucher must be through HHA.
If your housing agency is in another county, or you are not a resident of public housing or HCV, you should contact your local agency for information on local resources.
FSS is offered to all families who meet the eligibility criteria without regard to race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin in accordance with federal fair housing and equal opportunity laws.
How do I enroll in the program?
Enrollment in the Family Self Sufficiency Program is simple. If you are a public housing resident or HCV holder through HHA, click the”Yes” button below. You will be redirected to an online form that you can fill out to begin your enrollment process into the FSS program. Once you fill out the required fields, your response will be submitted to the Resident Services office, where they will process your enrollment and contact you with more information.
If you prefer to complete a paper enrollment form, click the button below the online form to access a version of the enrollment form that you can print and fill out. Once you have completed the printed form, turn it in to Resident Services at their office located on the second level of Elgin Station at 40 Elgin Blvd., across from Gateway Crossing.