Housing Choice Voucher Program

Family Self Sufficiency Program

The mission of AMHA's Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program is to help motivated individuals and families fulfill their goals, leading to total freedom from all forms of public assistance. FSS is a voluntary program, open to most Housing Choice Voucher Program and Public Housing residents receiving housing assistance. The FSS staff will assist participants in developing the skills and self-confidence needed to become self-sufficient. We will support you in setting and achieving your goals and refer you to other services as needed i.e. Child care, education, transportation, job training, substance abuse treatment, consumer credit counseling, utility assistance and other needed services.

Your Family Self-Sufficiency Program Service Coordinator will provide resources to help you:

  • Get a better paying job
  • Increase your income
  • Increase your credit score
  • Create a savings (escrow) account
  • Apply your savings to the down payment of a home of your own


Family Self Sufficiency Program


Call our FSS Application line to apply - 330-376-7977

FSS Program Update

The Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority is participating in a national study of the FSS Program. The FSS Program will not change, but for a one-year period, the way to enroll will be different. All applicants will be placed in a lottery and will be randomly selected to enroll in FSS. Attendance at one of our orientations is required.

This program is voluntary and does not affect your eligibility for continued housing or, if you are a Public Housing resident, a Single Family Home application.

If you are currently on the Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly Section 8) Wait List or have just received your Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) and are looking for housing, please keep this information and call as soon as you have signed your HCV contract.

*Note: Persons in the following AMHA programs are not eligible for FSS program:

HCVP Mod Rehab contracts and Targeted Funding Programs such as Shelter Plus Care Scattered Sites Local Housing Authority (LHA) properties such as Hilltop House, Orchard Park/Thornton Terrace, Akron 73 (Darrow/Copley Rd.), Wilbeth Arlington, Eastland Woods & Edgewood Village Residents.

The Housing Choice Voucher homeownership option known as Home For Me has been suspended effective January 1, 2016.

Homeownership assistance payments for previously approved homeownership vouchers will continue in accordance with the HCV Administrative Plan.

Although the program is suspended, those interested in homeownership can enroll in the AMHA Family Self Sufficiency Program as well as Financial Management and Home Buyer Education classes. For further information, call Resident Services at 330-376-9699, or click on the link(s) below:

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