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Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS)

Kimberly GrimesMy name is Kimberly Grimes, your new Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Coordinator. I am excited to bring my case and project management experience to Washington Housing where it can benefit each one of you. This is a massive transition from the Washington Police-Fire Services. However, I am excited to help as many people as possible.

For those of you who may know me, I grew up in housing and understand firsthand some of the challenges one can face. But I believe that with hard work comes undeniable success. I look forward to serving you and helping you reach your potential goals, such as homeownership.

What is FSS?

The Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS) is a voluntary program for participants who receive Section 8 and Public Housing rental assistance (Clifton Meadows is not eligible for this program). The goal of the FSS program is to assist families in overcoming barriers which prevent them from obtaining financial independence.

What can FSS do for you?

FSS will help families become self-sufficient. FSS will work with each family to create an individual action plan that will identify problems and determine possible solutions. FSS links families with agencies within the community to assist with participants' success.

An FSS coordinator will work one-on-one with each participant to set a five-year plan that includes their current situation, where they want to be, and what steps are needed to get them where they want to be. Each participant's contract package will be tailored to meet their specific needs, current goals (short-term), and future goals (long-term).

Participants will be referred to needed services within the community to assist in achieving short-term and long-term goals.

What's that about free money?!

An escrow account (savings account) is established in each participant's name by the Housing Authority. Monthly deposits are made when you report an increase in EARNED income. The account is accessible to the participant when they complete the program, or during the program to aid participants in completing their goals.

Referral services may include:

  • Credit Counseling
  • GED preparation
  • Post-secondary education
  • Career counseling
  • Individual counseling
  • Family Counseling
  • Recreational needs
  • Transportation

FSS is for you if you...

  • Are tired of living paycheck to paycheck
  • Are tired of not having enough money to enjoy the little things in life
  • Want to be free of government assistance
  • Want to improve the quality of life for your family
  • Want to own your own home

For more information about WHA FSS Program, please contact Kimberly Grimes, FSS Coordinator at 252-644-2396.