Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS)
The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program is a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) sponsored effort to assist families to become economically self-sufficient. FSS participants sign a five-year contract, during which time they complete an educational or vocational program, obtain employment, and become free from government assistance. The FSS staff provides the structure and support necessary to break down barriers and achieve goals. Once a FSS participant obtains employment or higher wages, he or she may begin to save money in an escrow account which is awarded upon completion of the program.
How do I qualify?
Only Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Participants through the Clearwater Housing Authority (CHA) are eligible to apply for the program. If you are a current HCV Particpant the first step is to complete and submit an application. You can obtain an FSS Application by submitting an email inquiry or calling our office at 727-461-5777, x214. Once completed you may submit the application by fax at (727)446-3462 or mail to 908 Cleveland Street, Clearwater FL 33755.
Upon receipt of your application, the FSS Coordinator will contact you to schedule an initial interview. Available positions for the FSS Program are limited, so it is important for you to attend an initial meeting as soon as possible. You will complete the appropriate paperwork at the initial meeting if you decide the FSS Program is right for you. You will be notified by mail if you have been accepted into the program. Once you sign the FSS Contract of Participation, you will begin the journey to economic independence.
If you should have any questions or would like more information regarding the FSS Program, please email us to contact the FSS Coordinator or call 727-461-5777, ext. 214.
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