What is the Family Self-Sufficiency Program?
The Housing Authority of the City of East Orange (HACEO) Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS) is a voluntary Section 8 Housing 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 must sign a five year Contract of Participation. Each FSS program 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. It is anticipated that through full-time employment, FSS Participants and their families can become independent of government assistance.

The FSS Program Offers:
Personal Counseling
Career Counseling
Educational Counseling
Assistance with educational institution and financial aid applications

We Also Offer Referrals For:

  • GED Preparation

  • ESL (English as a Second Language)

  • 2 and 4 year Colleges

  • Certification and Training Programs

  • Job Training

  • Basic Skills Literacy

  • Child Care

  • Credit Repair


Yes, You Can Earn MONEY!
As an FSS Participant, when your Section 8 Tenant Rent increases as a result 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:

  • The Head of Household

  • Section 8 Participant

  • 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


Hours of Operation
Monday: By appointment only
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 8:30am-11:45am and 1:00pm-3:45pm

For Interims, Walkins, Appointments, Moving Papers and Landlord Walkins
Friday: By appointment only

Waiting list information is available upon request.
NOTE: We are CLOSED the last two days of each month.

Searching for a Home
Prior to searching for a home, voucher holders should review EOHA’s payment standards. EOHA’s occupancy standard is based on two persons per bedroom, regardless of age or sex.   Knowing the payment and occupancy standard will help guide your selection process.     

EOHA works in Landlords in the area to compile a list of apartments for rent to voucher holders. The EOHA does not assist with Security Deposits.  Click here to search for available rental properties.

Important Notes   
You must have a minimum of 30 days remaining on your voucher to port to City of East Orange
Before visiting or contacting EOHA, please allow our Portability Department to contact you via phone or mail.    
Please keep in mind that you will be required to comply with EOHA's policies and procedures.  EOHA’s policies will be reviewed in depth with you during your intake/briefing appointment.

Please contact Ms. Elena D. Coley, MA, MBA, PHM,
Director of Operations