The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program is an integral part of SAHA’s Moving to Work Program. To date, the program has provided more than 600 participants the referrals and resources needed to achieve economic self-sufficiency. The Family Self-Sufficiency Program is offered to residents of Public Housing and the Housing Choice Voucher Program, to provide residents with the resources needed to overcome barriers to self-sufficiency.

The FSS program is a voluntary five-year engagement that provides participants the tools to obtain and maintain socio-economic self-sufficiency. Case managers meet one-on-one with participants to identify barriers to self-sufficiency and then work with residents and community partners on a comprehensive self-sufficiency plan to attain proposed goals and secure needed resources. Upon successful completion of the five-year contract with the Housing Authority participants are awarded an escrow check that can be used towards the down payment of a home.

Family Self-Sufficiency supports the following initiatives:

Empowerment Conference
The conference celebrates participants who successfully achieve self-sufficiency and provides resources and information to participants of MTW activities and programs.

Resident Council Trainings
The quarterly training sessions for resident councils are based on Robert’s Rules of Order, parliamentary procedures, effective leadership, and team building.

Poster Contest
SAHA sponsors semi-annual poster contests. Youth are provided poster board, paint, and chalk to create posters promoting the themes of playground safety and fire prevention. Awards are given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Each participant receives a certificate of participation.

Scholarship Information
Case management staff identifies scholarship opportunities for public housing residents who are high school seniors, first-time college students or non-traditional students, and wish to continue their education. Case managers also recruit children ages of four to 18 who are actively enrolled in school and have perfect attendance.

Money Smart Classes
Case management staff, in partnership with financial organizations trained in FDIC curriculum, offer quarterly Money Smart classes at our public housing communities. Topics include: borrowing basics, pay yourself first, banking services, budgeting, repairing your credit and homeownership.

Back To School Drives
FSS case managers organize back-to-school drives to help residents with costs of school supplies. The funds raised pay for school supplies, uniforms, immunizations and haircuts.

Health Fairs
Case managers participate in and support community health fairs.

Employment Fairs
Family self-sufficiency provides residents information on upcoming job fairs and assists with transportation, resume preparation, interview technique and necessary job skills.

Summer Youth Employment
SAHA provides youth, ages 14 to 24, the opportunity to learn on-the-job training during summer months. Employment may be with SAHA or with one of our partners.

Thanksgiving Baskets / Elf Louise
During the holiday season, case and property management staff identify needy families and supply holiday meals to them. SAHA receives over 500 Elf Louise applications during the holiday season to bring a brighter, happier season to children residing at SAHA properties.