The Family Self-Sufficiency program (FSS) is a voluntary program created by Section 554 of the Cranston-Gonzales National Affordable Housing Act (NAHA) of 1990.

The goal of the FSS program is to assist voucher holders in the Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP) to obtain economic independence by developing and working towards established goals designed to promote independence and optimism for the future.

Through our commitment and partnership with service providers in the District of Columbia and the Metropolitan area, DCHA's FSS Program links participants with public and private service providers and other resources to assist in achieving economic self-sufficiency.

To be eligible for participation in the FSS program, you must:

  • Be a voucher holder, receiving rental assistance through DCHA and have a desire to improve your economic situation;
  • Agree to comply with the terms and conditions of your lease;
  • Be able to seek and maintain employment during the term of the contract; and
  • Make a commitment to yourself to strive for excellence.

What requirements must a family meet to participate in the FSS program?

The head of each participating family executes an FSS contract of participation with DCHA that specifies the rights and responsibilities of both parties. The 5-year FSS contract specifies goals and services for each family. Family members must fulfill all requirements in order to obtain full benefits.

The FSS contract requires that the family comply with the lease, that all family members become independent of welfare, and that the head of the family seek and maintain suitable employment. Possible sanctions for noncompliance with the FSS contract are termination from the FSS program, forfeiture of the FSS escrow account, withholding or termination of supportive services, and termination of housing choice voucher assistance.
What is the FSS escrow account? 
DCHA establishes an interest-bearing FSS escrow account for each participating family. An escrow credit, based on increases in earned income of the family, is credited to this account during the term of the FSS contract. DCHA may make a portion of this escrow account available to the family during the term of the contract to enable the family to complete an interim goal such as education.
If the family completes the contract and no member of the family is receiving cash welfare assistance, the amount of the FSS escrow account is paid to the head of the family. If the PHA terminates the FSS contract, or if the family fails to complete the contract before its expiration, the family's FSS escrow funds are forfeited.
Last modified: 12/22/2014 8:47:02 PM