What is FSS?
Since the launch of the San Marcos Housing Authority’s Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS) in 1993, many families have successfully completed the program and achieved their dream of home ownership. FSS Participants learn new skills that enable them to gain employment with a living wage, build savings, improve credit scores, and otherwise learn how to become more self-sufficient. Participants set educational goals including vocational and two-year degree programs. Our participants take responsibility for their path to a successful future.
How do I get started?
If you are ready to make some changes so you can make life better for your family, pick up an application at the Chapultepec Homes, 701 South LBJ Drive (the office is on Love Street). Chapultepec is site is set aside for the FSS program. You can also click HERE to download an application. Bring your completed application to the next FSS Orientation session held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Chapultepec Adult Learning Center. We will not accept an application until you attend the orientation. You must meet all the normal requirements for housing assistance: income below 80% of the median income for this area, good tenant history, no criminal record, etc. You may also apply for regular public housing at the main office of the Housing Authority at 1201 Thorpe Lane.
What can I expect?
One of our FSS Service Coordinators will work with you to create a plan to move you toward self-sufficiency. We will help connect you to the resources and training you need to make real progress. When accepted into the FSS Program, the Housing Authority will establish your baseline income and rent level, which is used to measure your success in the program. As your family’s income and rent increases from the initial baseline, the Housing Authority sets aside a portion of the increased rent in a special savings account called the FSS Family Escrow Account. This money is awarded to you when you complete the terms of your contract and serves as a reward for your family. It does not affect your eligibility for public assistance programs.
What do you expect from me?
You will sign a contract with the San Marcos Housing Authority, which includes an Individual Training and Services Plan. Your family must have at least one adult member who is working, looking for work, or getting education or training that will lead to suitable employment.
You are expected to do the following:
- Meet with your FSS Coordinator regularly.
- Submit a short progress report every three months.
- Participate in activities designed to help you reach your goals.
- Provide evidence of completed goals.
If you are a current resident of our public housing or Housing Choice Voucher programs, click HERE.
FSS Activities meet the Public Housing Community Service and Self-Sufficiency requirements of the Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act of 1998.