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Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program

The FSS program is designed to provide LMHA public housing and Section 8 residents with the programs, support and services needed to improve financial skills, achieve long-term employment and possibly buy a home.

Eligible participants must be the head of household in a LMHA public housing or Section 8 family and have the willingness and ability to meet program requirements.

Each participant in the FSS program works closely with a case manager to develop and carry out a plan to meet program requirements and reach the participant's financial goals. The centerpiece of the FSS program is a special escrow account that is set up for each participant. As the family's earned income and rent goes up, the size of the escrow account increases.

Once the participant successfully completes the program, the money in the account is theirs to use. Some participants use this money to move into unsubsidized housing; others may use it as a down payment on a home.  Each graduate decides how this money can best serve the future of their family.

For more information contact the Special Programs Information Line at (502) 569-3439 or (502) 569-3462.


Kimberly Grant

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Family Self-Sufficiency Program graduate Kimberly Grant places great importance on her job as parent to her three children, ages 13, 11 and 7. That's the main reason she enrolled in the LMHA Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program. A resident of the Portland area, Kimberly heard about the FSS program by reading a brochure about the Program. "I wanted to learn better money management," says Kimberly. Kimberly credits the caring case managers for the support she has received throughout the programShe plans to use the funds accumulated in her escrow account for her children and their education.

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