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 eliminate or reduce dependence on government subsidies and save money by increasing earned income.  This earned income progression results in tenant rent increases which results in contributions to an escrow or savings account.  Upon graduation, the money in your escrow account can be used to put toward the purchase of a home, start a business, further your education or save for your children’s 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 a current Everett Housing Authority resident, willing to commit to long term education and employment goals (up to 5 years) and agree to work closely with your FSS Coordinator. To learn more about the program, please watch the following short video and look through the brochure "25 Years of the FSS Program: Families Working, Families Prospering".


What is FSS? from Compass Working Capital on Vimeo.

Want to Know More?

If you are a current resident of the Everett Housing Authority and would like more information about the Family Self-Sufficiency Program, including how to get enrolled, please send an email to and you will be contacted by one of our FSS Coordinators.

Family Self Sufficiency Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be in good standing with the Project Based Voucher or Housing Choice Voucher program (Section 8 Housing) meaning you do not have current lease violations, owe back rent, money for damages, or are in default on a repayment plan with the Everett Housing Authority.
  • The FSS 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 an FSS Annual Review appointment as scheduled.
  • Must commit to completing and submitting Progress Reports bi-annually, communicating regularly with the FSS Coordinator, and sharing updates on the progress you are making towards your goals.
  • Must become independent of DSHS/TANF cash assistance by the end of the FSS Contract.
  • Must adhere to the requirements of your lease.

Click HERE to read the Family Self Sufficiency Frequently Asked Questions

FSS Progress Reports