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Family Self-Sufficiency Program

CRHA’s Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS) is a multi-year work and saving program for families receiving CRHA housing assistance. Program participants work with a dedicated FSS Coordinator to set long and short-term goals that will increase their ability to earn a greater income and move towards self-sufficiency.

Set Goals

Set smart goals and identify strategies to meet them

Raise Income

Increase income and pursue goals over the multi-year program


Graduate with new skills, higher earnings, and a personal savings account

Benefits of FSS Program

Participants of the FSS Program will gain a variety of benefits, including…

  • An ability to earn savings each month by diverting rent increases (from increased earned income) to a CRHA-managed escrow account
  • A referral to community resources like credit counseling, childcare, transportation assistance, continuing education, job training, and more

  • A dedicated FSS Coordinator who will partner with you, helping you identify and work towards your program goals

FSS Savings Account

        Every FSS participant has the opportunity to grow a personal savings account over the 5-year program. As a participant’s earned income increases throughout the program, their resulting rent increase is moved into a savings account. They can draw on their savings for job-related expenses throughout the multi-year program and then receive that savings in full upon program graduation. Some program participants have graduated with over $10,000 in their accounts.

FSS Program Requirements

To qualify for benefits, participants of the FSS Program must…

  • Seek and ultimately maintain suitable employment or maintain full-time school enrollment
  • Set and pursue goals in collaboration with CRHA’s FSS Coordinator
  • Maintain a family budget

Program Eligibility

The CRHA FSS program is available to…

  • Public Housing (PH) Residents

  • Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program Participants

  • Residents of project-based rental assistance (PBRA) projects.

Any questions or interest in knowing more about your eligibility?

Contact Chacha Mahiri, CRHA’s FSS Coordinator at 434-422-9133 to set up an appointment

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