The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program was established in 1990 by Section 554 of the National Affordable Housing Act. 

PBCHA’s FSS Program is Designed to Assists Families in Accessing Many Services,  including:

  • Job Training/Employment Counseling
  • Education
  • Transportation
  • Child Care
  • Home-ownership Counseling
  • Credit Counseling
  • And more…

How Does the FSS Program work?

Once enrolled in the FSS program, a family works closely with an FSS Coordinator to develop an Individual Training and Service Plan (ITSP). 

The Individual Training and Service Plan contains the goals the family plans to achieve during the contract period, and dates on which such goals will be met. An incentive for successful participants of the program, is, PBCHA establishes an FSS escrow account  which is credited based on increases to the family’s rent portion due to increases on earned income. (Other factors affect escrow credit).

Although the FSS escrow account is established under the head of household’s name, any member of the household over the age of 18 can develop an Individual Training and Service Plan.  

Requirements of the FSS Program:

· Must be a participant of the PBCHA HCV or PH program

· Must attend an Orientation and complete a Needs Assessment

· Must be willing to sign a 5-Year Contract of Participation

· Must be willing to establish goals and actively pursue them

· Must be willing to attend mandatory classes as directed

· Must be willing to seek and maintain full-time employment

The Head of Household Must:

· Seek and maintain suitable employment

The Head of Household and All Family Members Who Execute an Individual Training and Service Plan (ITSP) Must:

· Complete the activities within the dates listed in each ITSP

· Provide PBCHA and HUD with information about the family’s participation in the FSS program in order to help evaluate the program

· Must be willing to seek and maintain full-time employment

All Family Members Must:

· Comply with the family obligations under the HCV and PH program

· If receiving welfare assistance, become independent of welfare assistance and remain independent for at least 12 consecutive months before the contract expires

Don't Delay! Join the FSS Program Today! 

For More Information, Contact the Client Services Department at or Call (561) 684-2160 x 252.

Print the FSS Pre-Application Here! 


  • "It is an honor to say I'm a homeowner, and to have come from Section 8 to Homeownership. I am overjoyed to have obtained affordable housing for my family in a great neighborhood. I truly appreciate my coaches along the way through the FSS program, Jorceline Cadet and Lissette Veloz. May GOD bless you all, you have been such a blessing to our family! We are enjoying our new home and we could not have succeeded without your help! Thank you for your support and kind words of encouragement while we were going through the short sale. I wish you all much Prosperity in the future and I pray that more families are willing to follow in our footsteps."
  • - Walker Family   West Palm Beach, FL
  • "From being homeless to Section 8 and now finally a Homeowner! I guess that real dreams do come true. I was a recipient of section 8 for 10 years but with the help and support from the FSS Family Self Sufficiency Program to help motivate me from working part time to full time they gave me the guidance I needed to help make my family's dream a reality. I was able to furnish my 3 bedroom 2 bath single family home with my escrow check. The journey to homeownership is not easy but it will definitely be worth it. So thankful for program like the Palm Beach County FSS Program."
  • - Barnes Family   Lantana, FL