THE FAMILY SELF-SUFFICIENCY PROGRAM for SECTION 8
Bremerton Housing residents contact Charlette Riley, the Family Self Sufficiency Coordinator at 360-473-0320 for the Family Self-Sufficiency Program with Bremerton Housing Authority.
The Family Self-Sufficiency Program is a voluntary work-based program designed to enable eligible families to increase their earned income. This allows families to become more economically self-sufficient and less dependent on various forms of assistance, including rental subsidies. With the support of local agencies, FSS combines case management, education, job training, and ongoing support to aid each family in making positive changes in their lives.
How the Family Self Sufficiency Program Works
The FSS program helps families establish goals and identify barriers which could prevent achievement of those goals. Once the goals are defined, the family executes a FSS Contract of Participation with the Bremerton Housing Authority (BHA). The term of this contract is typically 5 years, specifies the rights and responsibilities of both parties, and includes an individualized plan that defines the goals, as well as the action steps, services and resources the family needs to meet those goals. The FSS program then assists the family in achieving those goals by coordinating the resources and services necessary.
FSS Program Resources & Services
In collaboration with local agencies and service providers, the FSS Program addresses a wide variety of family issues through coordination of career counseling, job training, education (high school diploma, GED, college), financial planning and budgeting, legal services, individual and family counseling, parenting skills, and homebuyer education.
Benefits of the FSS Program
After a contract is executed, BHA establishes an interest-bearing escrow account for that family. As the family accesses the resources and services available through the program, the desired outcome is that the family’s earned income will increase. Any increases in the family’s rent as a result of increased earned income during the family’s participation in the program result in a credit to the family’s escrow account. Once a family graduates from the program, they may access the escrow account and use it for any purpose - including home ownership.
FSS Program Eligibility
Anyone 18 years of age or older and currently receiving a Bremerton Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) is eligible to participate in the Family Self-Sufficiency Program.
Enrolling in the FSS Program