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Examining the Family Self-Sufficiency Program
May 3, 2011
- You are a family using a Section 8 voucher. This means that you pay 30 percent of your monthly income toward your rent; the federal government kicks in whatever else you need.
- The FSS program you’re in helps you gain the skills to make more money through supportive services and case management.
- As you make more money, instead of contributing the any additional income toward rent (up to 1/3 of your monthly income), the FSS program puts that money in an interest-earning escrow account.
- When you graduate from the FSS program, you get all that savings.
- All families volunteering for the FSS program have to sign a 5- year Contract of Participation (COP) which basically stipulates that they will engage in the program, follow all the rules, take all the steps, etc.
- People who exit the program before graduating forfeit the savings in their escrow account.
- 41 participants (or 24 percent of the tracking group) graduated from the FSS program and received their escrow,
- 63 participants (or 37 percent of the tracking group) left the program before graduation, forfeiting their escrow,
- 66 participants (39 percent of the tracking group) were still enrolled in the FSS program.