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What is the Family Self-Sufficiency Program?
EOHA Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS) is a voluntary Housing Choice Voucher Program designed to assist families in establishing independence from public assistance, Federal, State, and/or local subsidies.

Once a participant is accepted into the FSS Program, she/he will sign a five-year Contract of Participation. Each participant along with the guidance of the FSS Coordinator develops a step-by-step plan known as the Individual Training and Services Plan (ITSP). The ITSP will become the blueprint for the successful completion of the participant goal(s).

FSS Program Participants achieve economic independence and self-sufficiency through education, job training, supportive services, and employment opportunities. The goal of the program is for FSS participants and their families to become independent of government assistance.

Some of the services and referrals for service available through the FSS Program include:

  • GED Preparation

  • Personal Counseling

  • Career Counseling

  • Educational Counseling

  • Assistance with educational institution and financial aid applications

  • ESL (English as a Second Language)

  • 2- and 4-year Colleges

  • Vocational Training

  • Certification and Training Programs

  • Job Training

  • Basic Skills Literacy

  • Child Care

  • Credit Repair


As an FSS Participant… YOU CAN EARN MONEY!
As an FSS Participant, when your HCV Tenant Rent increases because of an increase in earned income, the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) will decrease.
The difference in the HAP payment is set aside in an interest-bearing account on behalf of the participant.

Who Can Participate? If you are:

  • An Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) participant with the East Orange Housing Authority

  • Motivated to improve your present life circumstances

  • Interested in obtaining more education, job training, or becoming a homeowner

  • Determined to free yourself from having to depend upon public assistance


*Household members are also eligible for services but the Head of Household must be the registered program participant. 

Please contact:

Tuesday M. Whitney

973-766-8896 Ext. 15


All current HCV participants are welcomed to apply.

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