- November 2017
- Vol. 18, No. 8
New Guidance on Helping Public Housing Residents With Employment, Economic Security
The Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) within the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a hands-on guidebook for family self-sufficiency (FSS) coordinators and staff that work with public housing residents and their families involved with the Housing Choice Voucher program as well as HUD-assisted multifamily developments. The purpose of the guidebook is to support these professionals in helping residents of public housing to overcome barriers to employment and financial security.
The FSS program is part of a broader HUD effort to help residents of public housing make progress toward economic stability. The new guidebook provides nonbinding guidance on how to run an effective FSS program. It draws from program evaluation evidence and other research on how to help clients increase their earnings and build assets, as well as lessons learned from workforce and financial empowerment programs.
Administering an Effective Family Self-Sufficiency Program: A Guidebook Based on Evidence and Promising Practices is available at https://www.hudexchange.info/resources/documents/FSS-Program-Guidebook.pdf (2,571 KB).