HOME IS WHERE THE START IS.
FSS can help your family take the next steps toward financial stability and independence.
FSS is a savings incentive program for families living in HUD-assisted housing that enables participants to save a portion of their rent payment when they earn more money at work.
The two key features of FSS help families increase their earnings and save money:
- Case management and supportive services tailored to the family’s needs and goals
- An interest-bearing savings account that grows when the family’s earnings and rent portion increase
When a family joins FSS, a Contract of Participation is agreed on. After completing all of the obligations in the contract, the family graduates the program. The money in the savings account is then awarded to the family. The money can be used for any purpose.
Families are expected to graduate FSS in five years but may be able to graduate earlier.
FSS is strictly voluntary. Families will not lose their housing assistance as a result of deciding not to join FSS or failing to comply with FSS requirements. Families will retain the right to occupancy in their assisted unit according to their lease and family obligations contract.
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FSS can help your family:
- Manage debts and improve credit
- Enroll in educational opportunities
- Pursue a career or start a business
- Receive childcare
- Create an emergency fund
- Prepare for homeownership
Explore what others have achieved through FSS in the “25 Years of the Family Self-Sufficiency Program” flipbook, published by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Eligibility & Application
You are eligible for FSS if:
- You are a current and compliant participant of a housing assistance voucher program administered by Spokane Housing Authority
- Your family includes at least one adult who is able and willing to work
- All members of your family are willing to fulfill the obligations in the Contract of Participation
Interested families should register for an FSS Information Session to determine if FSS is a good fit. Once a family has attended an information session, it is welcome to apply for FSS. Complete applications will be added to the FSS waitlist in the order that they are received.
Contact our FSS Case Manager today to discuss FSS or register for an FSS Information Session:
Zili Chang, Family Self-Sufficiency Case Manager
Direct Phone: 509-252-7134
Regular hours for walk-in appointments:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.