HAC's Family Self Sufficiency Program (FSS)

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The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program is an employment and savings incentive program for low-income families who have Housing Choice vouchers (Section 8) with HAC. It consists of case management (coaching) services that help participants pursue employment, education and other goals, and of escrow savings accounts established when earned income increases. Families who complete the program can use the escrow savings for any purpose.

Please Note: To be eligible for HAC’s FSS program, you must have a Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) from HAC.

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To learn more, reach out by filling out this online form or contact Jan Nelson, HAC's FSS coordinator at 508-771-5400 ext. 244.

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Eligibility-All HAC Section 8 voucher holders are eligible to participate in the FSS program, regardless of educational level, work experience, or current employment status.

Contract of Participation-The head of the household signs the five year contract of participation, outlining roles, responsibilities and a personalized action plan. Participants are expected to complete their goals within five years, although the plan may be adjusted and may be extended up to two years for good cause.

Self-Sufficiency Plan-The plan consists of the participant’s final goal, interim goals and specific steps needed to be taken in order to accomplish those goals. Typically goals focus on obtaining employment, job advancement, training and education, financial stability, transportation, childcare and personal growth and development.

Case Management-The FSS Coordinator/Case Manager works with participants to identify and secure resources that will help increase self-sufficiency. This includes supportive counseling, information and referrals and goal planning, which will help participants gain skills and lifelong learning that continue beyond participation in the FSS program.

FSS Partnerships-The FSS program partners with other service providers to connect participants with employment and training agencies, community colleges, technical schools, childcare providers, financial institutions, health and human service agencies, transportation, etc. The FSS Advisory Board consists of members from Community Action Committee, Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority, Cape Cod Community College, Cape Cod Child Development, Eastern Bank, Department of Transitional Assistance, and the WE CAN organization.

Escrow Account-
In general, as a family’s earned income increases, the amount of the family’s rent increases. At that time, Federal funds are put into a monthly escrow savings account for you. This interest-bearing account is held for you until you graduate from the program. Once you have met your goals, have become independent of cash assistance and graduated, you may use the money for any purpose. Upon graduation you are not required to leave the Section 8 program.

What FSS Graduates Say:

  • “Thank you again for helping me and my family grow in ways I never thought we could.”-A.B.
  • “Knowing this day (FSS graduation) would come kept me going. I always like working toward something. Today is going to make a big difference in our lives.” -S.G.
  • “I’m so thankful I did it. (Joined FSS) It made me understand what’s important. I am so grateful for that.”-R.P.
  • “I would like to say thank you for all you’ve done for me.”-A.R.
  • “Many thanks for all the support you have given to me and my family.”-C.P.
  • “I just want to say thank you for all that you do to help families.”-R.F.
  • “Thank you and the program (FSS) for everything. If it weren’t for you I probably wouldn’t have come this far.”-H.S.
  • “I’m very proud of myself and I’ve accomplished a lot.”-W.M.
  • “Jan was especially instrumental in the success of that program (FSS) for me. She has been a steady, trusted resource throughout my experience with HAC, and helped me see the light at the end of the tunnel and stay focused on a plan to get there.”-R.F.
  • “I have been very blessed to be part of a program (FSS) that provides so much resource and information that I would otherwise be oblivious to. Just saying thank you doesn’t seem adequate. I know one thing I can say is that I am very grateful to you for all you do.”-W.J.M.

Please Note: To be eligible for HAC’s FSS program, you must have a Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) from HAC.