Family Self Sufficiency Program

The PMHA Family Self Sufficiency Program was established to help Housing Choice Voucher Program Residents become economically self sufficient. The "path" to self sufficiency" varies for each Family Self Sufficiency Participant and can include goals such as obtaining a GED... going back to school... finding a better paying job... getting bills under control... improving credit score... saving money to pay for a down payment on a home! The Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) Program can help you make these plans become a reality!

The basic steps to participate in the FSS Program are:
  1. You must be in participating in the PMHA Housing Choice Voucher program and complete an application to be placed on the FSS Wait List. You will be contacted when a program slot is available.
  2. We meet to sign the FSS Contract of Participation and to help you establish and document goals, as well as identify resources that will help you become more independent and less dependent on any kind of subsidy.
  3. Once you either begin working or your current working income increases, you may begin earning "escrow" which is a savings account that you will receive at the end of the successful completion of the FSS Contract. (Every time your rent increases due to earned (working) income, the difference in new rent from the previous rent is set aside in an escrow account and earns interest—which is the money you receive tax free upon successful completion of your goals).

Let us help you along your Path to Self Sufficiency!!
Please contact Jill Roush, Family Self Sufficiency Coordinator at 740-477-2514 or

Summary of FSS Graduates January, 2010 thru October, 2015:

Eighteen participants in the Housing Choice Voucher Program graduated from the FSS program during the dates above with escrow disbursements totaling $57,199.
Since the PMHA began the FSS program in 1996, a total of $257,067 has been dispersed in escrow payments to FSS participants as graduates or interim withdrawals.

FSS Newsletter, Flyers and Forms

FSS Flyer
March 2021 Newsletter
FSS Request to be placed on Waiting List