What is it?

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.

The calendar for 2018 is as follows: 


Contact our Director of Self-Sufficiency Programs at:

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

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

Attention All Residents!

SHA is encouraging all budding artists to enter Housing America’s “What Home Means To Me” Poster Contest! The Grand Prize cover winner will see their artwork on the cover of Housing America’s 2020 Calendar, in addition to traveling to Washington, DC for the NAHRO’s Annual contest and a tour of Capitol Hill! Finally, the grand prize winner will receive an iPad, and a framed copy of their original artwork. Twelve national winners will have their artwork featured in the Housing America’s 2020 Calendar and receive a $100 Visa gift card.

There are three age categories for your artist to enter: Elementary (K - 5), Middle (6 - 8), and High School (9 - 12). SHA will be sponsoring events where we provide the art supplies and your children provide the creativity!

For more information, contact Allison Smith at 217-753-5757 ext 259 or click here.

Thank you & have a great day!