Family Self-Sufficiency Program

***FAMILY SELF-SUFFICIENCY IS NOT AVAILABLE AT MARION METROPOLITAN HOUSING AUTHORITY

Do you want to become FREE FROM PUBLIC ASSISTANCE?
Do you want a GOOD JOB?
Do you want to FURTHER YOU EDUCATION?
Do you want to SET AND ACHIEVE GOALS FOR YOURSELF?

If so, the FAMILY SELF SUFFICIENCY PROGRAM may be for you! The goal of the Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS) is to assist you in obtaining and maintaining successful employment and free yourself of being reliant on public cash assistance.  The FSS Coordinator at Delaware Metropolitan Housing Authority (DMHA) will assist you in determining the goals you wish to achieve and will help you in eliminating the barriers that keep you from reaching your goals.  Some possible goals may be furthering your education, job search training, budgeting and household management and any other goal that may be helpful in obtaining successful employment.

Part of the initial FSS process is for you to complete a “Needs Assessment”.  This helps you determine what your interests, needs and goals are.  It also targets what services you and your family needs to become self sufficient.

After you and your family are accepted into the FSS program, a “Contract of Participation” is signed by you and the FSS Coordinator.  This contract explains the social services that are available to you and explains the rules of the FSS program.  It also explains the obligations of the family while they are participating in the program.  Some of the obligations include seeking gainful employment, abiding by the rules and regulations of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program and following the “Action Plan”.  The Action Plan is YOUR plan for success and employment.  Your action plan will list your goals for self sufficiency, and the actions are needed to achieve your goals.  It also lists the social services you may need to assist you in realizing your goals.

FSS is a five year program.  One of the benefits of the program is that an escrow account is created for you.  During the term of the program, your portion of rent will increase as your income increases.  Money will be deposited into your escrow account as this happens and the balance will grow until the program is complete and you have reached your goals.  The money in the escrow account then becomes yours to use as you see fit, possibly as a down payment on a house, purchase a new car or any purpose in becoming self sufficient.

For more information on the FSS program and how it works, contact your caseworker.