The Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS) links Section 8 rental assistance with support services to assist tenants working toward financial independence and the possibility of homeownership.
Program participants work with an adviser to develop a plan to achieve long-term goals and self-sufficiency. Participants must visit Metro Housing|Boston to sign a contract outlining their roles, responsibilities, and personalized plan of action. This plan can be adjusted by mutual agreement of the participant and Metro Housing|Boston.
What kinds of services are provided?
Depending upon each participant’s situation, the FSS Program can connect tenants with job training, resource planning, credit repair resources, basic skills education, high school equivalency (GED) programs, post-secondary education, and assistance with securing meaningful employment.
Who is eligible?
Anyone who currently holds a Section 8 voucher through MBHP is eligible to apply, regardless of educational level, work experience, or current employment status.
Are there other benefits?
As a participant’s earnings increase, an escrow amount is calculated based approximately on the difference between the starting and increased income. This amount is deposited into an escrow account on behalf of the participant. When the participant successfully completes the program, he or she receives the escrowed money. These funds are often used for future homeownership or higher education. Graduates of the program are not required to leave the Section 8 Program.
Metro Housing|Boston’s FSS program is run in partnership with Compass Working Capital. For more information on this program, please see this fact sheet.
Si tienes interés en el programa Autosuficiencia Familiar (FSS), debas contactar Maksim Sigal, consejero del programa FSS, por teléfono 617.425.6710 o por correo electrónico firstname.lastname@example.org.
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