PO Box 5090

57 Phila Street | Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Monday to Friday

Family Self-Sufficiency

The Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS) is a voluntary program for HCV and Public Housing participants… designed to help your family achieve economic growth through education, improved employment opportunities, financial planning and home ownership.

If you choose to participate, you’ll meet with a Referral Coordinator to identify what goals you want to accomplish over the next few years and what steps you need to take to move forward. This becomes your FSS Action Plan.



“I need to start off by saying that writing about the self-sufficiency program gives me great pleasure. When I was first approached about the program, I thought it was too good to be true, but thank goodness I took a chance and began working with this wonderful program. I can honestly say that without the help and guidance from you I would still be stuck and feel hopeless about my future.” – K.R

Central Office|Family Self-Sufficiency

You choose your plan

Our FSS Coordinator becomes your coach and advocate in helping you achieve your goals. The timelines are realistic and are developed keeping in mind your present skills and abilities. You can be connected to nonprofit organizations, social service agencies and educational institutions to identify available resources to help you overcome barriers to success.

“You encouraged me with your openness and vulnerability. It was uplifting to hear the account of your process which in many ways so closely echoed mine! Thank you for sharing all that you did! I have endured a lot of trauma, abuse and health problems in my life and sometimes it is overwhelming wondering if goals can still be reached but you poured water into my little pot yesterday and have helped me rise to fight another day!” – R.B


“Couldn’t have done it without all the help from this program–you’re all so amazing and I’m so glad that I got into this program. I have to say didn’t really think there was much I was going to be able to do after my health challenges and you all inspired me to look at things in a different light. Thank you all for all you do.” – R.C

Intergenerational relationships, family values, love, care. Poor, ordinary people.

Additional Benefits for Saving

Being enrolled in the FSS program also gives you the chance to earn money in an escrow account. This savings account is an escrow account that you can use to help meet the goals on your Action Plan.

When your family’s earned income (from employment) increases and your share of rent also increases, Section 8 contributes a portion of the rental increase to a savings account for you. These funds can be used to pay off debts, purchase a vehicle, pay college tuition fees, or make a down payment on a home if these are goals on your action plan.


Click here to read more about FSS or reach out to our Central Office at Tel: (518) 372-8846.