Family Self Sufficiency Training Registration


Come and explore FSS inside and out, covering the information critical to program success. This three-day training for both HCV and public housing staff presents full program information, including HUD regulations, the coordinating committee, intake and family selection, contracts, calculating escrow accounts, portability, marketing, and finding private sector resources.

This training is geared towards public housing authorities (PHAs) operating HCV and public housing programs, and will not include a detailed discussion of how to establish an FSS program for owners of privately-owned HUD assisted multifamily housing.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) training, using HUD regulations and guidance, 
you should be able to understand:

  • Successful use of the program coordinating committee
  • FSS intake and family selection, including eligible families, transfers, targeted selections, motivational screening, and denials
  • The contract of participation, including contract requirements, the regulations for individual training and service plans, lease compliance, changes to the contract, and contract planning
  • Escrow accounts, including how escrow works, income and rent calculations, impact of income limits, crediting the escrow account, escrow interim, and final disbursements
  • Portability, including FSS rules for portability, responsibility of initial and receiving HAs, and contract and escrow account issues
  • Case management, including characteristics of effective case managers, the role of the case manager, the helping interview versus the housing interview, questioning techniques, client intake, client evaluation, case planning, and case managing
  • Marketing your FSS program, including finding private sector resources
  • Multiple avenues and barriers to self-sufficiency

Webinar Agenda

Day 1
8:00 – Registration
8:30 – Welcome and Introductions
     Course Overview
     Learning Outcomes
     Discussion of Self Sufficiency
9:30 – FSS Basics
     FSS Program Steps and Design
     Supportive Services and Staff Funding
10:15 – Break
10:30 – FSS Basics
     Mandatory Vs. Voluntary Program
     Determining Mandatory Program Size
11:00 – FSS Action Plan
11:30 – Role of the PCC
12:00 – Lunch (on your own)
1:00 – FSS Intake and Family Selection
     Eligible Families
     Preferences and Priorities
1:30 – Contract of Participation
     Contract Requirements
2:30 – Break
2:45 – Contract of Participation
     Individual Training and Service Plans
5:00 – End of Day One
Day 1,   
Day 2
8:00 – Review
8:30 – Contract of Participation (continued)
     Completion of the Contract
     Lease Compliance
     Non-compliance with the Contract
10:15 – Break
10:30 – Escrow Account
     How Escrow Works
     Key Terms and Definitions
     Income and Rent Calculations
     Impact of Income Limits
12:00 – Lunch (on your own)
1:00 – Escrow Account (continued)
     Crediting the Escrow Account
     Escrow Interim and Final Disbursements
2:00 – Escrow Case Studies
2:30 – Break
2:45 – Escrow Case Studies
4:00 – Portability
     FSS Rules for Portability
     Responsibility of Initial and Receiving HA
     Contract and Escrow Account Issues
5:00 – End of Day Two
Day 2,   
Day 3
8:00 – Review
9:00 – FSS Program Evaluation
     HUD Tracking of the FSS Program
     FSS 50058 Addenda and Annual Reporting
     FSS Role in SEMAP and PHAS
10:15 – Break
10:30 – Introduction to Case Management
     Characteristics of Effective Case Managers
     Case Management Activities
11:00 – Avenues to Self-Sufficiency
Marketing FSS
     FSS and Other PHA Programs
     Factors in Success
11:45 – End of Seminar
Day 3


Our apologies, registration for this training is now closed.