Family Self-Sufficiency Program

What is FSS?
Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) is a federal program designed to support low income families who want to become financially self sufficient.
Who can participate?
Family Self-Sufficiency is available to Housing Choice Voucher Program participant in the City of Dubuque.  To see if FSS is right for you, take a look at these questions: 
  1. Are you (or will you be soon) a Housing Choice Voucher participant?                
  2. Do you want to get a full-time job, or a better job?
  3. Are you willing to meet one-on-one with a support person to set and meet your goals?
  4. Do you want the opportunity to SAVE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS in the next 5 years?
If you answered "YES" take this opportunity to join FSS!
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What will Family Self-Sufficiency do for me?
FSS is for individuals and families who are motivated to work hard and achieve their dreams. Do you dream about owning a home? Repairing your credit? Going back to school? Let us support you! If you choose to participate, the FSS Coordinators will work to provide support, opportunity, and resources to identify and meet your goals.  FSS offers a variety of monthly activities aimed at increasing your abilities in education, employment, parenting and financial skills. We also offer an informative newsletter full of helpful tips, recipes, life skills opportunities, community activities and events and much more!
As an FSS Participant, you will have encouragement from a FSS Coordinator who will provide the level of support you need to access the tools and resources necessary to achieve your goals.  In addition, every FSS participant is eligible to earn escrow (a savings account) specifically designed to help FSS participants save money as they work towards achieving their goals.
How can I join Family Self-Sufficiency?
To participate in FSS, you need to complete the Family Self-Sufficiency Contract of Participation and the Self-Sufficiency Assessment with an FSS Coordinator.  Please email
Hollie Ohnesorge or Dawn DeMaio, the Family Self-Sufficiency Coordinators, to request an appointment.  If you would prefer, Hollie and Dawn are available to speak to you by phone at 589-4230.

FSS Brochure (click to view)
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