Promoting Upward Economic Mobility with the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program


The need for rental assistance greatly outstrips current funding levels. Only one-in-four low-income renter households receives support from federal rental assistance programs. Recipients gain access to an important source of stability, but they don’t always get the type of support that can help them move up the economic ladder.

The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program holds promise as a means to provide housing stability and incentives for upward mobility. Overseen by HUD and administered locally across the county, FSS represents one of our country's largest efforts to promote the savings and upward mobility of low-income households.

Recent bipartisan legislative proposals have identified specific areas of improvement for the program, and would expand FSS eligibility to include residents of properties assisted by HUD's Project-Based Section 8 program. While the program has already produced positive outcomes in communities across the country, with key reforms—at little cost—it could increase its effectiveness and serve many more.

Join us May 1st at 2:00pm for a briefing that will focus on the promise and potential of the FSS program. Members of Congress and their staff, employees of non-profits, state, local or federal government agencies, and members of the general public are welcome to attend. Attendees will learn more about how this program functions in practice and how it is well designed to serve as a low-cost but highly effective economic mobility tool.

The event will not be recorded or live streamed.

Speakers to include:

Reid Cramer 
Director, Asset Building Program, New America Foundation
Jeffrey Lubell 
Director of Housing Initiatives, Abt Associates
Nancy Scull
Family Self-Sufficiency Program Coordinator, Housing Opportunities Commission
Sherry Riva
Founder and Executive Director, Compass Working Capital
Michael Bodaken
Executive Director, National Housing Trust
James Ahn
Office of Senator Jack Reed, D-RI
Lauren McCormack
Office of Senator Roy Blunt, R-MO