2. Outreach and Goal-Setting
3. Case Management / Coaching
4. Increasing Earnings
5. Building Financial Capability
6. FSS Infrastructure
This module describes the FSS Action Plan – a required document that summarizes the program’s policies and procedures – as well as resources that FSS coordinators and others will find useful in administering their programs.
In order to offer an FSS program, PHAs/owners must prepare an FSS Action Plan that describes the policies and procedures for the local operation of the program.
The FSS Action Plan describes:
The initial Action Plan must be submitted to HUD for approval. Changes to the Action Plan do not require HUD approval unless the PHA or owner proposes to make a policy change.
More information on the content of the FSS Action Plan is provided in the balance of this module.
Learn more about the Action Plan at 24 CFR §984.201.
Program Size and Characteristics
The FSS Action Plan must include the following information about potential FSS participants:
New FSS programs may assume that FSS participants will be similar to the general population of the property.
The FSS Action Plan must also describe how FSS participants will be enrolled, including:
More information about the policies guiding the selection and enrollment of FSS participants can be found in Chapter 2.2: Outreach and Enrollment.
Services to be Provided through Partnerships
FSS Action Plans must describe:
PHAs and owners must certify in the FSS Action Plan that the services and activities scheduled to be provided under the FSS program have been coordinated with other service providers in the local community, including the Workforce Development Board through the Department of Labor and the Department of Health and Human Services. The Action Plan must further state that implementation will continue to be coordinated with these local public and private providers in order to avoid duplication of services. (See 24 CFR §984.201(d)(12).)
To ensure that FSS programs coordinate effectively with services in the community, FSS programs run by PHAs are required to establish a Program Coordinating Committee (PCC) comprised of representatives of different service providers in the community. PHAs are required to consult with the PCC in developing their FSS Action Plans. More information on PCCs may be found in Chapter 6.
Note that multifamily FSS programs are not required to have a PCC though they have the option of doing so.
Policies and Program Implementation
The FSS Action Plan must include a schedule for program implementation and for filling all FSS slots with eligible FSS families.
The FSS Action Plan also must describe all FSS policies over which the PHA or owner has discretion, including:
FSS Action Plan Approval
Before you can begin to enroll participants in your FSS program, HUD must approve your FSS Action Plan.
Sample FSS Action Plans have been lightly edited before posting as example.
In addition to this online training and the accompanying Administering an Effective Family Self-Sufficiency Program: A Guidebook Based on Evidence and Promising Practices, you should be familiar with a number of resources and core documents that describe the rules applicable to the FSS program.
HUD FSS Website
Many of the core documents for the FSS program can be found on HUD’s FSS Website or the HUD Exchange.
FSS program coordinators should thoroughly review all information on HUD’s FSS website which provides current information on grant opportunities and any updates to policies and procedures.
FSS Chapter of HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher Guidebook
For a good basic overview of the FSS program regulations, see Chapter 23 of HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Guidebook. This Chapter describes the rules applicable to the HCV FSS program as of 2001 in plain language.
The FSS Program Regulations (24 CFR §984)
The FSS regulations specify the basic rules applicable to FSS programs administered by public housing agencies for the benefit of HCV holders and/or public housing residents.
Waivers and Alternative Requirements for the FSS Program (79 FR 78100)
Upon the consolidation of the public housing and HCV FSS programs in 2014, HUD issued this brief notice that includes a number of provisions designed to reconcile rules that had previously applied differently to FSS participants in the HCV and public housing programs.
Promoting Partnerships to Utilize Housing as a Platform for Improving Quality of Life (PIH Notice 2011-51)
This notice outlines suggested ways to forge partnerships with public and private agencies at the federal, state, and local levels to promote resident connections to health care, education, employment, and other social services in an effort to improve quality of life and provide a foundation for successful housing outcomes.
The Inventory Management System/PIH Information Center (IMS/PIC) Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Reporting and FSS Program Portability Provisions (PIH Notice 2016-08)
This Notice provides information on FSS reporting and portability including:
Family Self-Sufficiency Program in Multifamily (HUD Notice H-2016-08)
This Notice implements the policies and procedures applicable to FSS programs administered in privately-owned HUD-assisted multifamily housing properties.
FSS Notices of Funding Availability (NOFAs)
PHAs that receive FSS program coordinator grants from HUD must adhere to the requirements specified in the FSS NOFA announcing that funding.
FSS NOFAs are published on HUD’s website and www.grants.gov when they are announced. You can sign up for notifications of NOFA publication on Grants.gov.
FSS Grant Agreements
PHAs that receive FSS coordinator funding sign a grant agreement with HUD upon receipt of the funding. The grant agreement describes obligations the PHA must meet as a condition of receiving the grant.
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Contract of Participation (HUD Form-52650)
HUD has developed a form for the FSS Contract of Participation that specifies responsibilities of the PHA as well as the FSS participant.
HUD Privacy Protection Guidance for Third Parties (PIH Notice 2015-06)
This notice informs all public housing agencies (PHAs) about their responsibilities for safeguarding personally identifiable information (PII) required by HUD and preventing potential breaches of this sensitive data.
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