Collection: Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS)


Come and explore FSS inside and out, covering the information critical to program success. This three-day training for both HCV and public housing staff presents full program information, including HUD regulations, the coordinating committee, intake and family selection, contracts, calculating escrow accounts, portability, marketing, and finding private sector resources.

This training is geared towards public housing authorities (PHAs) operating HCV and public housing programs, and will not include a detailed discussion of how to establish an FSS program for owners of privately-owned HUD assisted multifamily housing.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) training, using HUD regulations and guidance, 
you should be able to understand: 

  • Successful use of the program coordinating committee
  • FSS intake and family selection, including eligible families, transfers, targeted selections, motivational screening, and denials
  • The contract of participation, including contract requirements, the regulations for individual training and service plans, lease compliance, changes to the contract, and contract planning
  • Escrow accounts, including how escrow works, income and rent calculations, impact of income limits, crediting the escrow account, escrow interim, and final disbursements
  • Portability, including FSS rules for portability, responsibility of initial and receiving HAs, and contract and escrow account issues
  • Case management, including characteristics of effective case managers, the role of the case manager, the helping interview versus the housing interview, questioning techniques, client intake, client evaluation, case planning, and case managing
  • Marketing your FSS program, including finding private sector resources
  • Multiple avenues and barriers to self-sufficiency

Seminar #101-036

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METHOD: A group-live seminar featuring PowerPoint, case studies, group discussion, course books, worksheets, and Q&A
LENGTH: Three days
AUDIENCE: FSS coordinators, FSS managers, FSS case managers, and supervisors of these staff
REGISTER: Select the seminar you'd like to attend from the list of locations and dates below to order online.