Family Self Sufficiency Program
Deborah Smedley — "As a single mom with 5 kids it was a challenge, but the AMHA's FSS Program helped me get my degree and a successful career in Information Systems Management."
Joan Norris — "I was able to get my nursing degree and now I'm working as an R.N. at Summa Health System and looking into buying my own home."
Joseph Reid, Jr. — "The FSS program helped me while I managed the family business, enrolled in college courses, and eventually I plan to buy a home with the help of my escrow account."
Diana Benes — "Anastasia and I have come a long way since I signed my FSS contract. I became a State Certified Nursing Assistant, almost doubled my income and bought a home in my old neighborhood."
The AMHA Family Self Sufficiency Program was established to help Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher Program Residents become economically self sufficient. The "path to self sufficiency" varies for each Family Self Sufficiency Participant and can include goals such as going back to school...finding a better paying job...getting bills under control...buying a house! The Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) Program can help you make these plans become a reality!
The basic steps to participate in the FSS Program are:
Let us help you along your Path to self Sufficiency!! Please contact Brenna Cobb, Family Self Sufficiency Coordinator at 330-376-9406 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We are currently in the process of implementing the Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership Option which has been established at a 50 voucher program size. Our Homeownership Option will begin with inquiry letters sent to Housing Choice Voucher Program participants that includes basic requirements for consideration into the Homeownership Option such as earned income requirements, length of employment, credit requirements, and program allowances for disabled participants. Interested participants will attend an informational session and have a credit/financial assessment to determine mortgage readiness. Clients will be referred for the required classes in accordance to this assessment. A homeownership voucher will be issued when a client has met all requirements and is deemed eligible.
Summary of FSS Graduates July 1, 2002 thru June 30, 2003:
Nine residents in Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher Program graduated from the FSS program during the past year with escrow disbursements totaling $57,284.44.
Of the nine graduates, four are now homeowners and one is in the process of completing paperwork for a home to be built. All of the FSS graduates continue their career growth through employment and/or furthering their college education.
Educational background information for the FSS graduates includes: