Family Self Sufficiency Program

What is the Family Self- Sufficiency (FSS) Program?

Family Self-Sufficiency is a voluntary program that helps persons become economically independent. The FSS program helps families and individuals (participants) learn to take control of their lives and achieve financial independence within 5 years.

Who is Eligible for the FSS Program?

Anyone currently participating in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program or living in the Low Income Public Housing is eligible to apply.
The Housing Authority of the County of Kern administers the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program to help our residents/participants achieve self-sufficiency. Maria benefited from the program and she became a homeowner thanks to the escrow savings that were generated through the program.

What are the benefits for participating in FSS?

Participants may obtain higher education, job training, and financial planning including credit counseling, homeownership counseling, and referrals to supportive agencies through the assistance of FSS Service Coordinators. Participants benefit from case management and services to successfully achieve their goals. As participant earnings increases a portion of the increase in rent may be deposited for the participant into an interest bearing Savings Account. Participants may use this for example towards a down payment on a house, to pay for their education, or to start a small business.