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Family Self-Sufficiency

Auburn Housing Authority’s (AHA) Family Self Sufficiency Program (FSS) is to provide families the opportunities to remove barriers by identifying resources in the community that will assist them in achieving economic independence.

What is the Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS)?

FSS is a program that enables Tenant-Based Vouchers (TBV) and Project-Based Vouchers (PBV) families to increase their earned income and reduce their dependency on welfare assistance and rental subsidies.

Because we recognize that true self-sufficiency means more than simply an increase in earned income, Auburn Housing Authority's (AHA) Program focuses on eliminating all the barriers that are likely to get in the way of achieving self-sufficiency.

What are the benefits of the Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS)?

Participants will work closely with the FSS Coordinator to set personal goals and obtain resources and referral services including:

  • Job training and Career Counseling
  • Education and Self-Improvement such as GED classes
  • Credit/Financial Counseling
  • Budgeting
  • Child Care Assistance
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Escrow Account (Savings Account)

What is an Escrow Account?

An escrow account is a savings account that earns interest and is managed by AHA.

Once a family increases their income, their rent will increase. The AHA will take that extra increase in rent and deposit it into the family's escrow account.

The family can access the escrow account after they have completed their goals and graduated from the FSS Program.

Who is eligible for the FSS program?

You must currently receive rental assistance through the Housing Choice Voucher Program and be ready to commit to achieving more for you and your family.

How do I join the FSS program?

For more information about the program and how to join, please contact the FSS Coordinator, Rachel Harris, at 334-821-2262 extension 224 or by email at rharris@auburnhousingauth.org. 

Click here to view or download the FSS program brochure.