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Family Self Sufficiency


Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) is one of the initiatives under the Home Ownership and Opportunity for People Everywhere (HOPE) enacted in 1990. The theme is "Empowering People" by combining housing assistance programs with a package of Supportive Services. FSS families work in partnership with the Housing Authority to set goals and obtain the skills they need to achieve financial independence and the pride that goes with it. Use of housing as a stabilizing force permits families to invest their energy in other efforts including employment, education and job training that are necessary to achieve self-sufficiency. The key to the success of this program has been the flexibility, caring and one-on-one support from the housing authority staff.

The Housing Authority offers a financial incentive to Section 8 or Public Housing families who are enrolled in the FSS program through the establishment of an escrow account based on the families earned income. This escrow becomes available to the family upon successful completion of their Contract of Participation, or upon achievement of certain interim goals. These savings can be used for the purchase of their first home.

For more information call Housing Kitsap at (360) 535-6100