U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded The Housing Authority of the City of Goldsboro a Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) grant to help local families progress toward self-sufficiency.

What is the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program?

Steadman family

The FSS program is a voluntary program that encourages innovative strategies that link housing assistance with a broad spectrum of services that will enable participating families to:

  • find jobs
  • increase earned income
  • reduce or eliminate the need for rental/welfare assistance
  • make progress toward achieving economic independence and housing self-sufficiency.

How the program works:

An adult member of each participating family executes a Contract of Participation, generally for five years with a possible two-year extension for a good cause, incorporating the specific training and services plan for the family. Participating families are provided with an interest-bearing escrow account made up of the difference between the rent the family pays when entering the program and the increased rent that would be charged as the family's earned income increases. On completion of the FSS contract, a family may claim its escrow account if the person who signs the Contract is employed and no family member is receiving welfare assistance. The family has met their other individual goals.

Our FSS program serves residents living in Elmwood, Little Washington, and Woodcrest, as well as participants in the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)- Section 8 Program.

If you're ready to join us on the journey towards self-sufficiency, connect with our FSS Coordinator at 919.735.4226 ext 1126.