Self-Paced Online Training
Family Self-Sufficiency Training
Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) is a HUD program designed to help public housing residents, Housing Choice Voucher participants, and residents of multifamily assisted housing to increase their earnings and build assets and financial capability. To help practitioners administer successful FSS programs, HUD's Office of Public and Indian Housing has produced two complementary technical assistance products: a self-paced online training and a written guidebook.
The training and guidebook draw on lessons learned by experienced FSS coordinators as well as program evaluations and other evidence about "what works" to describe promising practices for supporting FSS participants and helping them increase their earnings and build assets and financial capability.
Both new and experienced FSS program coordinators and administrators will find the training and guidebook to be valuable resources, as will HUD field office staff with responsibility for monitoring FSS programs. These products will also help owners of HUD-assisted multifamily housing, PHA board members and commissioners, executive directors, senior housing staff, and other staff who may not work directly with the FSS program to better understand how FSS can benefit their agencies and program participants.
While the training and guidebook are geared primarily to public housing and Housing Choice Voucher FSS programs, the materials will also be useful to FSS programs administered by owners of HUD-assisted multifamily housing.
HUD encourages users to get credit for the training, and add this training to your HUD Exchange learner transcript after completing it.
This self-directed training provides a comprehensive overview of how to administer an effective FSS program. The training covers all aspects of the FSS program, from helping participants set goals and develop Individual Training and Services Plans to helping participants increase their earnings and build assets and financial capability. Video clips featuring FSS practitioners and HUD staff provide real-world context and examples of the guidelines and promising practices described in the training. Viewers can test their knowledge at the end of each module by taking short quizzes on what they have learned. The training takes approximately 8 to 10 hours to complete.
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This guidebook complements the online training by providing in-depth information about all aspects of the FSS program. Drawing on evidence about "what works" and the experience of FSS practitioners, the guidebook provides more detail on the topics covered by the online training as well as other tools and resources to help readers develop and administer a successful FSS program.
Related Materials and Resources
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)