Family Self Sufficiency Program
The Housing Choice Voucher Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) Program is operated by the Housing Authority of Fulton County (HAFC).
The HAFC works to strengthen the families that we serve by helping them to obtain employment that will lead to economic independence and self-sufficiency. By improving the status of our families we then in turn change the face of our communities, thereby eliminating communities that carry a stigma.
Families are guided through the Family Self Sufficiency Program by a Family Self Sufficiency Coordinator. The head-of-household of each participating family must sign a Contract of Participation with the HAFC FSS Program. An Individual Training and Services Plan is developed for the Head of Household and any household member on the lease, 18 years or older, interested in participating in the program. The plan outlines the participant’s goals, activities and services. According to the plan, participants are referred to community resources and provided with personal counseling services to assist them in dealing with the many issues that may be obstacles to their success. Coordinated services may include, but are not limited to, child care, transportation, education, job training & employment counseling, substance abuse / alcohol abuse treatment or counseling, household skill training, and homeownership counseling.
The vision of the HAFC takes the FSS Program concept to another level by heavily linking it with home ownership. FSS participants are counseled throughout their participation in the FSS program to strive for home ownership in addition to independence from assistance. Once a family is in an economic position to purchase a home they are referred to the HAFC Pathways to Home Ownership Program where they are assisted through the purchasing process.
Participating families may be further assisted in the home buying process by the funds that they may accumulate in an FSS escrow account. The escrow account is established when an increase in the family’s portion of their rent is triggered by an increase in income earned from work. As long as the family’s rent portion exceeds what their portion was at the time that they joined the program, the HAFC makes a monthly deposit into their escrow account that equals a portion of the increase. Once the head-of-household completes all of the goals listed in her/his Individual Training and Services Plan, and all of the program requirements, the funds accumulated in the escrow account are disbursed to them.