Resident Services

Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) Program

What is Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS)?

The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program offers support to recipients of housing assistance as they work toward self-reliance and freedom from government assistance. This program is a five year commitment which combines support services, goals, and an escrow savings account, which can add up to money in the bank and the key to your future!

How do I earn escrow?

An “escrow account” is a savings account established in your name but held by the Housing Authority of Salt Lake City. When you enroll in FSS, your income and rent amount are recorded and used as beginning amounts. Any month, in which both your earned income and rent are higher than your beginning amounts, you are eligible to receive a deposit into your escrow account. The size of your deposit depends on how much your earned income and rent has increased. You do not have access to the account, but you can receive the money deposited into it if you complete the FSS program.

After graduation, escrow can be used to pay off bills, to purchase a car, or for the potential down payment on a house, or anything you want.

Completing the FSS program

In order to complete the FSS program at the end of 5 years, participants must:

  • Verify and complete goals set with your FSS caseworker
  • Maintain full-time employment
  • Do not receive financial cash assistance for the final 12 months of the program
  • Be in good standing with the Housing Authority of Salt Lake City

How to enroll

Please fill out the following application to be put on our waitlist!  
FSS Program Application

Any further questions please contact our Family Self-Sufficiency team:

Mindy Holman 801-428-0561
Amber Howells 801-428-0542

 

Other FSS Documents:

FSS Flyer
FSS Program Application
Tips on Goal Setting
General FSS Information