The Brockton Family Self-Sufficiency program is built upon a philosophy that produces greater impact with staff, residents, and the community at large. We connect with residents –both FSS participants and any interested resident–in a manner that generates high engagement and proven changes in behavior.
Our graduate rates and outcomes are commendable; in 2012, for example, three individuals graduated; one purchased a home and two grew their income to the point where they were no longer eligible for housing assistance.
Any family can avail themselves of the benefits of enrolling in Family Self-Sufficiency. Through the years, hundreds of individuals have done so, and even if they are not counted among our 65 graduates, they leave their FSS five-year term with knowledge and understanding of the three steps required in order to project oneself into the next income bracket:
- education that enables an individual to qualify for full employment,
- a job that allows the family to support itself without government assistance,
- basic understanding of financial literacy concepts, money management and credit management.
During their five-year FSS term, people often use their FSS funds to gain employment or further their employment. Many use these funds to help send their children to college.