Family Self Sufficiency Program

Family Self Sufficiency Program


The FSS program was created in the 1980’s as a way for people who receive public housing or Section 8 to reduce dependence on government subsidies and save money to put toward the purchase of a home, start a business or further your education.  The program combines stable and affordable housing along with staff support to help you get what you need to reach your goals.  To qualify, you must be willing to commit to long term goals regarding education and employment and work closely with your FSS Coordinator.

Are you ready to:

  • Find a job or increase your salary?
  • Enroll in school or a training program?
  • Start your own business?
  • Plan for homeownership?

Case Management

You will work with the FSS Coordinator to create your personal life plan. This plan will include specifics about your individual goals and the steps you’ll need to take to reach them.  You will be provided with local resources and referrals to help you reach your goals and be successful.

Contact Information

Donelle Kienholz, Family Services Program Manager


Waiting List 

The FSS program currently has a waiting list.  If you would like to be added, please email Donelle Kienholz at with your name or phone number and email and you will be added in order of the date and time your email is submitted.  

FSS Quarterly Progress Reports

Family Self Sufficiency Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be in good standing with the Housing Choice Voucher program (Section 8 Housing) meaning that you do not owe back rent, or damages, or in default on a repayment plan with Everett Housing Authority.
  • Head of Household must be willing to commit to seeking and maintaining suitable employment.
  • Must be motivated and able to commit to setting and working toward accomplishing goals, which will increase your skills, education, and employment status.
  • Must commit to actively participating in the development of an Individual Training and Services Plan (ITSP), and completing the activities within the dates listed in the ITSP.
  • Must commit to attending FSS Interim and Annual Review appointments as scheduled.
  • Must commit to promptly completing and submitting Quarterly Progress Reports, communicating regularly with the FSS Coordinator, and sharing updates on the progress you are making towards your goals.
  • Must become independent of DSHS cash assistance and remain independent of cash assistance for at least 12 consecutive months before the FSS Contract expires.
  • Must adhere to the requirements of your lease.

Click HERE to read the Family Self Sufficiency Frequently Asked Questions