The HUD-funded Family Self Sufficiency Program (FSS) was established in 1990 to promote employment and increased assets for low-income families receiving federal rent subsidies or public housing. During a five-year period, participants work individually with a case manager to set and pursue goals related to education, job training, money management, childcare and transportation.
A key component of the FSS program is the interest-earning escrow saving account that accumulates as earned income increases. Families receive the funds after they have successfully completed the program. FSS families have used their escrow to purchase homes start a small business, pay off debts and finance higher education for themselves or their children.
FSS is unique because of its intensive, individual approach to supporting families and is one of the few federally supported asset-building programs in existence. When families and individuals use the escrow assets to start a business or purchase a home, the community gains stakeholders committed to improving the neighborhood in which they live and work.
We are proud of the accomplishments of participants in the Brockton Housing Authority’s Family Self-Sufficiency Program and invite you to visit us often to learn more.