2251 Table Rock Road
Medford, OR 97501
Hours: 8:00 AM-4:30 PM, M-W & Friday, 12:30 PM-4:30 PM Thursday
The waiting lists are open for all programs.
||Family Self-Sufficiency Program
Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) is a HUD funded program designed to assist individuals and families to obtain employment. The FSS participants will work towards having a reduced dependence on welfare programs and improve their financial stability. The Housing Authority works with social service agencies, non-profits, schools, businesses, and other community partners to develop comprehensive strategies that help participants learn the skills and gain the experience to enable them to obtain suitable employment.
This voluntary program is offered to anyone receiving Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance. FSS is for those people who have goals to become employed or improve their current employment status.
Participants in the FSS program sign a five year contract with the Housing Authority to make a commitment to set and accomplish goals in areas of education, training, employment and personal growth. With the help and support of the FSS coordinator, the participantís needs and barriers are identified and a plan is written to guide the participant's journey towards self-sufficiency. Some of the supportive services the participants access may include:
- Money management
- Education and training
- Job search activities
- Employment counseling
- Child care
- Parenting skills
- Homeownership counseling
The FSS program has a financial incentive component. An escrow account is established by the Housing Authority for each participating individual or family. When the participantís portion of their rent is increased due to an increase in earned income, the escrow account is credited during the term of the FSS contract. If the participant completes the contract within a five year period by being suitably employed and is no longer receiving welfare assistance, the amount in the escrow account is paid to the successful graduate.
Since the FSS program began in 1994, there have been more than 85 participants who have graduated successfully from the program. Over half of those families have moved off housing assistance and many have become homeowners.
For information about other programs and resources please use the links below.
For current FSS participants
Community Partners and Resources
Homeownership Voucher Program
To find out more about the FSS program and how to apply to participate please contact:
Christie Van Aken
Director of Social Services
541 779-5785 ext 1021
FSS/Homeownership Voucher Coordinator
541 779-5785 ext 1016