Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program

Chesapeake Redevelopment & Housing Authority’s (CRHA) Resident Services Department provides a combination of supportive services in life skills development and individual goals designed to promote the self- sufficiency of our residents.

Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) is a five-year program designed to help HUD-assisted families with appropriate support services and resources to become gainfully employed.  

Our supportive services model encourages residents to be actively involved in setting goals – initially, to achieve daily stability through life skill development and health and wellness support.  Once stable, clients tackle individual goals in areas of education, workforce development, employment, and securing permanent housing without government assistance.

The backbone of the FSS Program is the Individual Service Training Plan (ISTP). The ISTP requires each tenant head-of-household to develop and pursue life improvement goals in a variety of areas including:

  • Increased Earned Income
  • Money Management
  • Education, Health and Wellness
  • Job Readiness, Training and Placement
  • Home Maintenance
  • Parenting and Child Care
  • Homeownership Preparation
  • Leadership Development
  • Community Service

Concentration in these areas help clients and their families to find stability to become self-sufficient as they prepare to move forward.