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Evaluation of the Family Self-sufficiency Program: Retrospective Analysis,1996 To 2000
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To break the cycle of reliance of government assistance, HUD’s legislation includes a requirement that most public housing authorities (PHAs) offering the Housing Choice Voucher program develop action plans promoting family self-sufficiency (FSS) for client families. Avenues to family self-sufficiency include individual case management, education, employment, childcare and transportation, and a substantial delayed monetary incentive for families that achieve increases in earnings. PHAs’ FSS plans rely on community partnerships through which these opportunities and services are made available to public housing and Housing Choice Voucher families. Then, in a contractual arrangement of up to five years, an individual family and the PHA jointly target goals, utilizing the support services arranged by the PHA that they believe will enable the family to attain economic self-sufficiency.

This report describes the Family Self Sufficiency Program (FSS) program and the change in self-sufficiency among those participating in the program using data for the period from 1996 through 2000. The study found that FSS participants were for the most part, doing better financially than the non-FSS participants. (Authors)
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