Program Description: The Section 8 Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program is a voluntary five-year program for families with Section 8 vouchers. The program helps families become financially independent. The main goal of the program is to help families obtain good jobs and earn enough money so they do not need public cash assistance. Under the FSS Program, low-income families are guided to opportunities for education, job training, counseling, and other forms of social service assistance, while living in assisted housing, so that they can obtain the education, employment, and the business/social skills necessary for them to become self-sufficient. An individualized plan is developed for each family, determining their goals and what kind(s) of supportive services are needed to meet them. The housing authority and Newcap, working with other community agencies, assist the family in getting these services. A unique feature of this program is that when a family's earned income goes up, instead of merely reducing the amount of rent assistance they receive, an amount equal to the reduction in assistance is placed in an escrow savings account for the family. If and when the family completes the program, they receive the entire amount in this escrow account, plus interest, to use as they choose.
Eligibility Guidelines: Family income must be at or below 50% of the County Median Income.
Application Process: If you are a current Section 8 participant, contact the Oconto Office.
Tina Woodworth, Housing Coordinator: (800) 242-7334 ext. 1111
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