What is FSS?

A program established by the Springfield Housing Authority to promote economic self-sufficiency among residents.


To empower people to take control of their lives by becoming independent, productive members of the community. Family Self-Sufficiency does not simply attack the symptoms of poverty; it tackles dependency on all fronts and replaces powerlessness with the opportunity for a better future. The goal is to assist families in becoming and remaining independent of government assistance.

How can this program help?

• Earn your GED • Learn necessary job skills
• Earn an Associate and/or Bachelor degree • Job placement opportunities
• Educational workshops and seminars • Obtain a job
• Obtain a better job • Own your own home
• Own your own business • Establish an escrow account

Five-Years Five-Phases Toward Family Self-Sufficiency:

Phase I – Personal Development & Assessment
Skill building – Self Esteem Development – Assessment – Exploration of Career and Educational Interests
Phase II – Development of Individual Action Plan
Negotiation of Action Plan – Determination of Self Sufficiency Goal – Activities & Milestones Developed Toward Accomplishing Goals – Identified Barriers and Desired Outcomes – Continuous Follow-up and Referral
Phase III – Maintenance of Effort
Milestone Monitoring – Stabilization of Families – Ongoing Support & Reevaluation of Goals
Phase IV – Transition
Focus on Move From Welfare Assistance to INDEPENDENCE
Phase V – Follow Up
Track Participants After They Have Completed the Family Self Sufficiency Program



Family Self-Sufficiency Interest Form

Family Self-Sufficiency Brochure

Program Coordinating Committee meets quarterly in the Conference Room at the SHA Administrative Offices, 200 North 11th Street from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Contact our Director of Self-Sufficiency Programs at:

Director of Self-Sufficiency Programs
200 North 11th Street
Springfield, IL 62703

Phone: (217) 753-5757 ext. 244
Fax: (217) 753-0029