Family Self-Sufficiency

The purpose of our Family Self-Sufficiency program (FSS) is to provide an opportunity for families to achieve economic independence by providing training and housing to enrolled participants. Ultimately it’s to help individuals get on their feet and out of subsidized housing.
Some of the services provided to families include:
• Child care
• Transportation necessary to receive services
• Remedial education
• Job training and preparation
• Substance abuse treatment and counseling
• Training in homemaking and parenting skills
• Training in money management
• Training in household management
• Other services and resources appropriate to assist eligible families to  achieve economic independence and self-sufficiency.
Several of these services are provided by our partners in the community.

How it works

We work directly with the appropriate supportive services and case managers who help us to evaluate each resident’s strengths, needs and aspirations and assist in outlining short and long-term goals for the program.

The FSS Program is 5 years in length and is available to all assisted housing and Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) residents and individuals on the waiting lists who meet the selection criteria and show motivation. Residents who participate in our program are given the opportunity to improve their skills while living in a unit that has been designated for the program. The expectation is that program participants will no longer need housing subsidies after the completion of the program.

If you are interested in changing the vision for your life, call (704)336-5317 or visit our offices at 400 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203

How to Qualify

30+ hours a week for Mixed-Income Sites

Working-able for Income Based FSS sites

6 months of consecutive work history for Mixed-Income Sites

GED or high school diploma for Mixed-Income Sites

How to Apply

Step One: Program applicants must apply at the site and meet property management background, criminal and credit criteria to live there, then their information is given to case management in client services.

Step Two: HCV participants must apply at 400 East Boulevard for the HCV FSS Program.

Step Three: Then they will receive notification if they’ve been accepted or denied for the program. If rejected, people may reapply when they meet qualifications.

Step Four: After enrolling in the program, they meet with case managers monthly to establish goals or quarterly as needed on site.

Key Contacts

Robin Craig
Child & Family Services Program Manager