KCHA's Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program helps residents reach financial independence. If you qualify, a case manager helps you identify and work toward long-term goals, such as:
- Getting off of welfare
- Training for a job
- Going to college
- Starting a business
- Buying a home
You must have a Section 8 voucher or live in subsidized housing to take part in the FSS program.
How the Program Works
To join the FSS program you must:
- Take part in an orientation meeting
- Fill out an enrollment packet
- Sign your Contract of Participation
KCHA assigns you an FSS case manager after you sign the contract. This person first helps you define your goals and the path to reach them. In the years that follow they connect you with the services and support you need.
KCHA also opens an interest-earning escrow account — similar to a savings account — in your name. If your rent increases based on employment income, we deposit money into your escrow account each month. You receive the full amount held in the account if you fulfill the terms of your contract and reach self-sufficiency within five years.
Services and Support
FSS staff and their partners can offer information and resources to help you reach your goals. These can include:
- Child care
- Job counseling
- Budget workshops
- Credit counseling
- Financial aid for college
- Substance abuse treatment
- Homebuyer education
You must follow the service and training action plans included in your contract. You must also stay in touch with your case manager and attend required classes and workshops. If you have an emergency that may keep you from continuing in the program, contact your case manager right away.