The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program is a free, voluntary, five-year program with HomeFront and is available to families participating in the Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher programs. It is designed to help low income families achieve financial self-sufficiency and to be free of public assistance.
Who is eligible for Family Self-Sufficiency?
The FSS program is available to qualifying clients, but there are limited spots available. Download the FSS program brochure or contact us for more information.
How do I sign up?
Complete the FSS application and return it to HomeFront. You will be contacted by the FSS/Home Ownership Coordinator. If you cannot print the attachment, please call (406) 245-6391 or come by the office, or call Shauna K. at (406) 237-1915.
What are my obligations?
Participants must establish goals with assistance from the FSS/Home Ownership Coordinator and then work to accomplish those goals within a five-year time frame.
The ultimate goal for all participants is suitable employment.
The FSS/Home Ownership Coordinator helps FSS participants find resources in the community to complete the contract of training and employment goals.
What are HomeFront’s obligations?
HomeFront will attempt to provide, both directly and indirectly, the resources and supportive services you need to become more financially independent.
An incentive used in the FSS program is the escrow account. As a FSS family begins to increase their earned income, a portion of the increase is matched by HUD and put into a savings account. When a FSS family achieves the goals they set in their contract, on or before the five years, they can receive the balance of the escrow account.
What can I use my FSS escrow money for?
The money in escrow is given to the family unrestricted. That means the money can be used to buy a home, pay off debts, go to college or take care of other family needs. The opportunities are endless!