Family Self Sufficiency Program

The CMHA Family Self Sufficiency Program was established to help Housing Choice Voucher and Public Housing Program Residents become economically self-sufficient. The “path to self-sufficiency” varies for each Family Self Sufficiency Participant and can include goals such as obtaining a GED; going back to school; finding a better paying job; getting bills under control; improving credit scores; saving money to pay for a down payment on a home! The Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) Program can help you make these plans become a reality!

The basic steps to participate in the FSS Program are:

  • Step 1 You must be participating in the CMHA Housing Choice Voucher Program or be a resident of CMHA's Public Housing Program and complete the FSS Expressed Interest Form below.

  • Step 2 Download the fillable FSS Expressed Interest Form then email it to the FSS Coordinator for which housing program you are a participant of. Upon verification of your housing with CMHA, a Pre-Application along with a Personal Needs Assessment will be mailed to you for completion and return. An appointment / interview will then be scheduled to go over the FSS Contract of Participation and program guidelines.

  • Step 3 Once you either begin working or your current working income increases, you may begin earning “escrow”. As a rule, when your rent increases due to earned (working) income, the difference in the new rent from the previous rent will be set aside in an escrow account which earns interest. Escrow earned will be placed in a savings account that you will receive upon successfully completing the terms of your FSS Contract. Escrow earned and its’ interest is tax free!

Let us help you along your Path to Self Sufficiency!! Please contact Nina Weese-Meyer at, FSS Coordinator for Housing Choice Voucher Program or Barb Stevison, FSS Coordinator for the Public Housing Program at

Summary of FSS Graduates September 2010 thru September 2020

75 FSS participants have graduated successfully receiving a total of $405,528.80 in paid escrow.


FSS Newsletter, Flyers and Forms

FSS Action Plan

Spring Newsletter

Winter Newsletter

FSS Expressed Interest Form

FSS Frequently Asked Questions