FSS (Family Self-Sufficiency) Services
What is FSS?
The FSS program is for residents of our public Housing Developments, namely Southview, Merle Henderson, Bobby Smith (Norwood) and Jerry Geier (Westwood), and for all who receive a Section 8 voucher from us (the Housing Authority of the City of Richmond).
The program is designed to serve our residents who:
- aren't working, who want to work, and those who
- are working, but want to make more money than they're making right now.
The program helps in two ways:
First, you meet with Lindsay, the FSS Coordinator, who will become your case manager if you choose to participate in the program. Lindsay works to assist you with anything that might be getting in the way of you working, including:
- Health care needs
- transportation issues
- connections to assistance with budgeting
- assistance with utilities,
- and more or less anything else you can think of
- Lindsay has worked with dozens of partner organizations across Richmond to find the best programs available.
Next, if you choose to participate in the FSS program, as you make more money, your rent with the Housing Authority will increase.
But FSS is here to help with that! All participants in the FSS program pay increases in their rent that are caused by increases in their earned income just like any other Housing Authority resident.
But with the FSS program, HUD pays you back.
For example: If you participate in the Family Self Sufficiency program, and your rent increases by $100/month due to increases in your earned income, then HUD will pay $100/month into a managed savings account with your name on it for every month that your income stays at that new increased level. This means that at the end of a year, your account would have $1,200 in it.
The program, luckily, can be up to five years long.
This means that some participants in Family Self Sufficiency programs all over the United States walk away from FSS with checks as large as $20,000. The payments from HUD that come down when your earned income increases accumulate in the account with your name on it while you participate in the program, and when you graduate from the program, it all gets paid out to you in a check. Once you receive this check upon graduation, the money is entirely yours, and neither HUD nor the Housing Authority can tell you how to spend it.
Frequently asked questions:
I'm not sure, but I might want to sign up. Can someone explain this better or answer my questions about it?
Yes! With any questions or concerns, please send a text message or call 765.280.6145 to reach Lindsay, the Family Self-Sufficiency Program Coordinator. You can also email Lindsay. If you would prefer to come in person, you can visit the office at 58 S 15th Street and ask for Lindsay at the desk, but she's not always in, so calling ahead is best.
Can I be in this program?
All Section 8 voucher recipients and residents of our four public housing developments over the age of 18 are eligible. However, if you don't want to work, or you're working and don't want to increase your earnings, then this program is not for you.
I'm on disability, but I still want to work a few hours a week. Can I participate? Do I need to work full-time?
Full-time work is not required. Folks on disability who are still interested in increasing their earned income by working are absolutely welcome to the program.
How do I sign up for the program?
Call or send a text message to 765.280.6145, or come in to the Housing Authority office and ask for Lindsay (she's not always in the office, so calling or texting is the best way to reach her). You can also email Lindsay.
There are only 9 spots left in the program as of November 3rd, 2023. All spots will be full by December 31st, so CALL TODAY!
Family Self-Sufficiency Coordinator
Housing Authority of the City of Richmond
If you're a Housing Authority Resident: (Resident = lives in public housing or gets Section 8 from us) - We're here to help you increase your income (and do tons of other stuff)!
- Work one-on-one with an FSS Coordinator to set and achieve your personal goals.
- Get in touch with services like:
- Job Training
- Continuing Education
- Assistance paying for Utilities
- Healthcare and Insurance
- and many more!
- Earn extra cash from HUD when your income increases.
Limited participation slots available - call us today!