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Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS)

What is the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program?
Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) is a voluntary program that enables HUD-assisted families to increase their earned income and narrow their dependency on welfare and rental subsidy assistance.

Who is eligible?

  • McAllen Housing Authority residents receiving Public Housing assistance
  • McAllen Housing Authority residents receiving Housing Choice Voucher assistance

How does it work?
The eligible family initiates the five-year program (Can be extended for two additional years by HA for good cause) and families will have access to support services that will assist in helping complete their designated goals agreed on from the Contract of Participation (CoP) Individual Training and Service Plan (ITSP). An escrow account, will be established at the time of program initiation and eligible families will begin to earn funds due to increases in their earned income. Once the family completes all of the goals from the ITSP, they will be able to complete the program successfully and access the balance from their escrow account.

How do I apply for the FSS program?
Contact McAllen Housing Authority's FSS Program Coordinator at (956) 686-3951 Ext. 102 or (956) 483-5041 for more information on how to initiate the process!