Family Self-Sufficiency Program

The Family Self-Sufficiency Program is a voluntary program established by HUD to promote economic self-sufficiency among RHA participating families. Family Self-Sufficiency Specialists assist you in developing a Service Plan that outlines your goals for the next five years. Emphasis is on full time employment, credit readiness, and independence from public assistance.

Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) is a program to assist your family in achieving economic independence, Self-Sufficiency, and freedom from dependence on various governmental assistance programs. We do this by connecting your family to employment opportunities, social & economic resources to affect positive changes in your family’s life, which lead to this independence.

All current RHA families are eligible to participate. The head of the household and/or family members 18 or older are eligible.

The services that may be provided include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Adult Education (includes GED)

• Workshops in financial empowerment, job readiness courses, entrepreneurship

• Home buying workshops and counseling

• Other services necessary to help your family become self-sufficient

Each participating family or family member will sign a Contract of Participation (COP). Also, each family member participating will complete an Individual Training and Service Plan (ITSP). The ITSP spells out the services to be provided, and the obligations the families or family member agrees to undertake.

The escrow account offers your family or family member the opportunity to save for the future. During the term of the Contract of Participation, the Rockford Housing Authority will establish an interest-bearing escrow account for the FSS family. Whenever there is a rent increase due to earned income of your family members, your family will pay their portion toward the contract rent and the housing authority will deposit part or the same amount to your family’s escrow account. Families or family members who leave the FSS Program without completing the Contract of Participation (COP) will forfeit their escrow account. Monies received from escrow accounts may be used in various ways, i.e., down payment on a home, car, college tuition, etc.

Your escrow stops until you find another job. It will remain “frozen” until then.

Remember, this isn’t your money until you complete the program. If you quit or don’t complete the program, the money is forfeited and lost to you and your family.

You can go online to www.launchmyfuture.com and fill out the application & assessment under the FSS Program, and press the submit tab when finished. After submitting online, someone will contact you.

You can always reach out to the FSS Specialist:

Ms. Laura Martinez: 815-489-8711 or 815-708-1751/ lmartinez@rockfordha.org

Mr. Elias Soria: 815-489-8579 or 815-378-3686/ esoria@rockfordha.org

Please Contact us:

  • If you are a Public Housing resident interested in the FSS Program:
  • If you are interested in Home Buying Classes, information on credit, mortgages, home inspection, and insurance.
  • If you are Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) holder. You may be eligible to participate in the Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership Program.
  • Our FFS Specialists:
    • Elias Soria: (815) 489-8579
    • Laura Martinez: (815) 489-8711

Ms. Laura Martinez

815-489-8711 or 815-708-1751/ lmartinez@rockfordha.org

Mr. Elias Soria

815-489-8579 or 815-378-3686/ esoria@rockfordha.or