Family Self-Sufficiency

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WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Motivated head of household Section 8 and Pubic Housing participants who are interested in obtaining more education and job training to free their family from public assistance.

WHAT SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE?

  • Savings & Escrow Development
  • Education
  • Career/Vocational Counseling
  • Job Training, Job Search and Job Retention Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Building Self Esteem
  • Time Management
  • Budgeting

 

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How does the FSS Program Work?

A Training and Services Plan is created with each FSS Participant stating the specifi c steps and goals the client will meet in order to successfully complete the Contract of Participation. After the barriers have been addressed and education and training have been completed, an essential component of the Training and Service Plan will be for the FSS Participant to seek, acquire and maintain employment.

How Does the Escrow Work?

As an FSS Participant becomes more successful and their earned income increases, their rent will increase as well. However, the increase is set-aside in an interest bearing account on behalf of the participant. Interim withdrawals from this account are allowed to offset expenses related to achieving self sufficiency such as education expenses, credit repair, transportation, etc. Upon the successful completion of the FSS Program, the client will receive the balance of their escrow to complete their journey to self sufficiency.

Over 100 families on Public Housing and Section 8 have graduated from the FSS program, and you could be next! Enroll in FSS and receive top quality case management and services for your entire family including access to education, job training, childcare, transportation and much more. While you are preparing to become self sufficient, watch as your escrow grows and builds a nest egg for you and your family! Many of our graduates have gone on to purchase their first home, or to realize a dream of starting their own business.

HOW CAN I ENROLL?

Public Housing residents can contact Judy Doubt at 409-951-7241 or at csc05@bmtha.org.

Housing Choice Voucher residents can contact Richarre Powell at 409-951-7243 or at csc03@bmtha.org.