Family Self-Sufficiency

FSS Coordinator: Sarah Welch

As part of our mission statement, the Geauga Metropolitan Housing Authority has declared that we “intend to provide our residents with as many opportunities for economic self-sufficiency as we can identify,” and that “we endeavor to instill pride and a desire for an enhanced quality of life for our residents and their families.”

In keeping with those promises, GMHA has applied for and was awarded a grant for a Public Housing Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program, which began in June of 2009. This is a voluntary program designed to promote savings and employment among Public Housing participants. We have been so encouraged by the success of our Public Housing FSS program, the Geauga Metropolitan Housing Authority applied for a Family Self-Sufficiency grant for our Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program participants – and we were selected! We will be starting this program May 1, 2010. All current GMHA HCV participants are eligible and encouraged to apply.

Since FSS started, we have seen one graduate of the program, and over ten families establish an escrow account, which is similar to a savings account, that is held by the Housing Authority until the participant successfully completes the program. This is money that could be used for education, transportation, a private rental or possibly home ownership.

If you have a goal that you would like to reach, but need help getting there, this may be the program for you!*

*You must be a current Public Housing tenant or Section 8 HCV participant of GMHA to qualify for FSS with our agency.

If you need assistance with food, please contact the Geauga Hunger Task Force.

Any GMHA HCV tenant is eligible to apply. Please callSarah Welch our HCV FSS Coordinator, for more information.