Multifamily is publishing a Housing Notice on the Multifamily Family Self-Sufficiency (MF FSS) program. FSS was previously restricted to Public Housing and Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) participants. However, HUD’s Appropriations Act of 2015 allows multifamily owners with a section 8 contract to voluntarily make a FSS program available to assisted tenants. This notice provides instruction to owners for implementing a MF FSS program.
- FSS is a HUD program that enables families living in multifamily assisted housing to increase their earned income and reduces their dependence on public assistance programs.
- FSS promotes the development of local strategies to coordinate the use of HUD rental assistance programs with public and private resources, to enable eligible families to achieve economic independence and self-sufficiency.
- Owners of privately-owned HUD assisted multifamily housing can voluntarily establish and operate a MF FSS program at their housing sites. Participation in the MF FSS program is voluntary for families living in these properties.
- Families entering the MF FSS program work with a case manager/service coordinator to develop goals that will lead to self-sufficiency within a 5-year period. These goals may include education, specialized training, job readiness, placement, and career advancement activities.
- When the family’s earned income and rental payments increase as a result of participation in the MF FSS program, an escrow amount is deposited in an interest-bearing account.
- Once a family successfully graduates from the program, they may access the escrow funds and use them for any purpose.
- This notice implements the policies and procedures applicable to operating a MF FSS program in a HUD-assisted multifamily housing property.
Reviewing and Providing Feedback
The Office of Multifamily Housing Programs invites all interested stakeholders to review the draft Multifamily Family Self-Sufficiency Housing Notice and Attachments. The draft documents are located in the “Preview the Draft Documents” section on the top right of this webpage. Feedback can be provided by clicking the “Use this response worksheet” also in the top right of this webpage. In order for HUD to consider your feedback, the response worksheet should be emailed to MF_FSS@hud.gov by Wednesday, March 30, 2016.