Family Self-Sufficiency

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What is FSS?

The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program was created to enable families to achieve economic independence and self-sufficiency. The FSS program tackles the problem of dependency by giving economically and educationally disadvantaged families the opportunity to receive housing under the Housing Choice Voucher Program and the supportive services necessary for them to obtain an education and/or job training and secure permanent employment.

The head of the household is expected to obtain higher education and permanent employment with the assistance of the FSS program. The program is for 5 years in which the family maps out their goals during this time. The participant can withdraw from the program at any time without being penalized, if the contract terms are met.   (Back to Top)

Who is Eligible?

Program participation is open to all Housing Choice Voucher clients currently under a Lease or anyone living in Public Housing. Any Housing Choice Voucher client must lease up before they can execute a FSS contract.

The FSS program is for single parents and married couples. The participant can be employed or unemployed, in school or out of school. Every participant will be at a different level based on their own particular needs.   (Back to Top)

Escrow Accounts?

Once a participant secures employment, she/he may be eligible for an escrow account. Once they have successfully completed the program, they are entitled to their account balance.

If the FSS family’s income and rent increases due to earned income during the term, the Tampa Housing Authority will establish and maintain an escrow account on their behalf.

Escrow money is saved with the intentions of providing the family with the means to purchase a home at the end of the program.   (Back to Top)

Is FSS for Me?

Are you interested in higher education or completing your education?

Have you been trained and are you ready to work in a field you enjoy?

Are you tired of being low-income?

Are you no longer interested in welfare assistance?

Are you interested in an interest bearing account set aside just for you?

If you've answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, then maybe you should consider maximizing your potential and enroll in the Family Self-Sufficiency Program.   (Back to Top)

How do I Enroll?

If you are interested in learning more about this program, please come in to the Assisted Housing lobby and complete an FSS application or click here.

Or feel free to contact us via email at or for more information, call us at (813) 253-0551 on how you can make a tremendous impact to your life.    (Back to Top)

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The Housing Authority of the City of Tampa provides equal opportunity to participates in our housing programs. Any disabled person, outlined by the American With Disabilities Act, requiring a reasonable accommodation to make this process accessible may request such by contacting (813) 341-9101

Where can I get more Help?

Assisted Housing Information:
(813) 253-0551

Public Housing Information:
(813) 341-9101

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