Section 8 - Family Self-Sufficiency Program
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Overview

The Statewide Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program administers the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program which helps Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher tenants achieve economic independence.

The primary objective of the FSS Program, administered under the supervision of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), is to provide opportunities to low-income Section 8 families for education, job training, counseling and other forms of social service assistance, so they may obtain the education, employment and business and social skills necessary to achieve self-sufficiency.

HCR's FSS Program began as a demonstration program in 1992 with approximately 100 participant families in six counties. It is now a successful statewide program administered via HCR's Local Administrator (LA) Network in over thirty counties, with a current enrollment of more than 1,500 families. To date, more than 2,000 families have successfully completed and graduated from HCR’s Statewide FSS Program.

How It Works

Each FSS Program combines stable, affordable housing with case management provided in most cases by the local FSS Coordinator to help participants access the services needed to achieve the ultimate goal of self-sufficiency. Participation is voluntary and is available to families who are currently receiving assistance from HCR's Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

The FSS Program's objectives include:

  • Providing FSS resources to all Section 8 families that desire to become economically independent.

  • Establishing working partnerships with public and private agencies to gain access to the activities and supportive services needed by program participants in order to successfully complete their contracted goals.

  • Addressing service issues that are identified as barriers to FSS families becoming economically self-sufficient.

  • Providing FSS families with a service plan that is based on their strengths and needs and realistic outcomes.

  • Implementing a case management system with the FSS Coordinator's support that will encourage and support FSS families to become self-sufficient.

  • Providing ongoing evaluation to address program effectiveness.

Goal achievement and asset building are important elements of successful program completion. Once enrolled, FSS participant families are required to develop a five-year Individual Training and Services Plan that charts the steps needed to achieve mutually identified goals. Goals might include, for example, obtaining a G.E.D or college degree, gaining employment or finding a new job with higher earnings, starting a business or buying a home via participation in the HCR Section 8 Homeownership Program. The family successfully completes the FSS Program when it fulfills all of its obligations under the FSS Contract of Participation on or before the expiration of the contract term.

How to Apply

If you would like more information about the Family Self-Sufficiency Program, see HCR's Statewide Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program Local Administrator below, or visit the HUD website at https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/public_indian_housing/programs/hcv/fss.

Local Administrators (LA) Network

County

Office Address/ Phone Number

ALLEGANY

ACCORD Corporation
P.O. Box 573
84 Schuyler Street
Belmont, New York 14813
(585) 268-7605

CATTARAUGUS

Cattaraugus Development Corporation
132 North Union Street, Suite 110
Olean, NY 14760
(716) 372-2550

CHAUTAUQUA

Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc.
402 Chandler Street
Jamestown, NY 14701
(716) 661-9430 x 210

CHEMUNG
SCHUYLER &
STEUBEN

Arbor Housing & Development
26 Bridge Street
Corning, NY 14830
(607) 654-7487 x2015

COLUMBIA

Joseph E. Mastrianni, Inc.
11 Federal Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
(518) 372-8846

DELAWARE

Delaware Opportunities, Inc.
35430 State Highway 10
Hamden, NY 13782-1112
(607) 746-1650

DUTCHESS

PathStone
Hollowbrook Office Park, Building 3
29 Marshall Road, Suite 3F
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
(845) 298-8998 x 14

GENESEE

PathStone
Batavia City Centre
106 Main Street, Room 8A
Batavia, NY 14020
(585) 343-3861

GREENE

Rural Ulster Preservation Company
8 Lower Thompson Street
Catskill, NY 12414

(845) 331-2140

HAMILTON

Joseph E. Mastrianni, Inc.
11 Federal Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
(518) 372-8846

HERKIMER

Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency Inc.
9882 River Road
Utica, NY 13502
(315) 624-9930, Ext. 2302

JEFFERSON

Lewis County Opportunities, Inc.
749 LeRay Street
Watertown, NY 13601
(315) 788-0193, Ext. 210

LEWIS

Lewis County Opportunities, Inc.
8265 State Rt. 812
Lowville, NY 13367
(315) 376-8202 Ext. 239

MADISON

Joseph E. Mastrianni, Inc.
11 Federal Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
(518) 372-8846

NASSAU

Nassau County Office of Housing and Community Development
40 Main Street
Hempstead, NY 11550
(516) 572-1900

NEW YORK

NY State Division of Housing & Community Renewal
Subsidy Services Bureau
25 Beaver Street
New York, NY 10004
(212) 480-6487

ONTARIO

Geneva Housing Authority
41 Lewis Street
PO Box 153
Geneva, NY 14456
(315) 789-8010

ORANGE

PathStone
Playtogs Plaza
130 Dolson Avenue - Third Floor
Middletown, NY 10940
(845) 343-0771

PUTNAM

Putnam County Housing Corporation
11 Seminary Hill Road
Carmel, NY 10512
(845) 225-8493

ROCKLAND

Rockland County Office of Community Development
50 Sanatorium Road
Building K
Pomona, NY 10970

(845) 364-3939

ST. LAWRENCE

St. Lawrence County Community Development Program
One Commerce Lane
Canton, NY 13617
(315) 386-1102, Ext. 34

SUFFOLK

Community Development Corporation of Long Island
2100 Middle County Road, Suite 300
Centereach, NY 11720
(631) 471-1215, Ext. 159

SULLIVAN

PathStone
457 Broadway, Suite 5
Monticello, NY 12701
(845) 794-4880

TOMPKINS

Tompkins Community Action
701 Spencer Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-8816, Ext. 121

ULSTER

Rural Ulster Preservation Company
289 Fair Street
Kingston, NY 12401
(845) 331-2140

WASHINGTON

Joseph E. Mastrianni, Inc.
11 Federal Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
(518) 372-8846

WAYNE

Community Action in Self-Help Inc.
48 Water Street
Lyons, NY 14489
(315) 946-6992

WESTCHESTER

CVR New York Westchester County HCV Program
White Plains Housing Authority
225 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
White Plains, New York 10601
(914) 361-4903

WYOMING

Wyoming County Community Action, Inc.
6470 Route 20A, Suite 1
Perry, NY 14530
(585) 237-2600

YATES

PathStone
Batavia City Centre
106 Main Street, Room 8A
Batavia,  NY 14020
(585) 343-3861