Family Self Sufficiency Program

Family Self Sufficiency is about making goals for you and your family. It is about making plans to reach these goals. It is about having financial security. It is about saving money while you are making plans for the future. It is about starting NOW!


With help from the participating family, the FSS coordinator determines where a family stands now, where they want to be and how to get there. The coordinator, serving as a tour guide, helps set realistic, achievable goals and provides motivation and support.


To qualify, a family must receive HUD Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) rental assistance from Dane County Housing Authority.

To Get Started

How can someone depart on his or her journey? Contact FSS coordinator at 608-661-8796 or email to be placed on the waiting list. Once the FSS coordinator receives a completed application, the family will be invited to attend an orientation. Orientation is a chance for families to visit with a FSS coordinator, see if they qualify, and begin to think about a plan suited to fit their needs. FSS can provide the kind of support necessary for families to reach their goals and become self-sufficient. After an orientation, the FSS coordinator will meet with an eligible family one on one to develop goals and a customized Contract of Participation.

Financial Incentives

By participation in the FSS program, a family becomes eligible for an escrow account. This is a savings account set up in the family's name by the Dane County Housing Authority. Monthly deposits are made when a family reports an increase in earned income. The portion of rental assistance that a participant pays is called total tenant payment (TTP). This dollar amount is recorded on the FSS contract. As a family's income increases, so does their TTP. In most cases, the escrow deposit will be the difference between the original TTP and current TTP.


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