The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS)Program combines MDHA and private resources to support and empower residents. The type of services received enable families to increase their income, reduce or eliminate the need for welfare assistance and progress in achieving economic independence and housing sufficiency. Becoming a homeowner is the ultimate goal but residents may also become self-sufficient by gaining higher education which increases their employability skills and qualifications. The program can also help residents obtain better than average jobs, establish their own business, reach fair market rent levels and other goals. See Resident Succes Stories
- An average of 392 families who live in public housing participated in FSS activities in the last year. 47 people found employment; 226 persons increased their family income; 17 became new homeowners; 35 Graduated from the program; 62 participants' FSS Escrow rose from zero; 19 participants have enrolled in colleges or universities; 6 have earned professional certificates; and 9 have earned a professional degree.
- 122 households in the Housing Choice Voucher Program participated in the FSS program in 2010, including 38 who obtained employment, 36 who increased their earned income, 12 who no longer receive welfare benefits and five who no longer receive rental assistance.
- ROSS Homeownership Program – through a special grant, MDHA's ROSS Homeownership Program has helped 30 residents purchase their own homes during the last three years (2009 – 2; 2010 – 16; 2011 – 12).