Family Self-Sufficiency Program

  1. About
  2. Eligibility Requirements
  3. How to Apply
  4. Who to Contact
  5. FAQs
The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program is a HUD program that encourages Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) to develop local strategies to help HCV program families obtain employment that will lead to economic independence and self- sufficiency. PHAs work with welfare agencies, schools, businesses, and other local partners to provide voucher families with opportunities for education, job training, counseling, and other forms of social service assistance so that they can obtain the skill necessary to achieve self sufficiency. Families participation in PHA's FSS program will enter into a five-year contract with the PHA and upon successful completion of the program will normally have improved their overall skills and experience to enable them to hopefully obtain employment that pays a living wage. Family Self-Sufficiency is a voluntary program, and will be available to all Section 8 housing recipients without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin.

To further encourage self-sufficiency and financial development, the Mesquite Housing Divsion has established special escrow savings accounts for the program's participants.   As the participant's earnings increase Mesquite Housing deposits money into their escrow account based on the increase in rent. This account is established as an incentive for those who complete their goals and graduate the FSS program.

Follow the link to learn more about Family Self- Sufficiency.