Family Self-Sufficiency

FSS Coordinator: Sarah Welch

As part of our mission statement, the Geauga Metropolitan Housing Authority (GMHA) 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 intentions, GMHA applied for and was awarded grant funding in 2009 to begin a Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program. This is a voluntary program and is designed to promote savings and employment among participants in either the Public Housing (PH) or Section 8/Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) programs. We have been so encouraged by the success of FSS and our families!

Since the Family Self-Sufficiency program started, we have seen many graduates move on to private rentals or purchase their own home. Some have utilized the escrow account, which is similar to a savings account, to address barriers to their success, secure long term employment, pay for school, and/or pay for closing costs associated with a home purchase.

Any current GMHA PH or HCV participant is eligible to apply.

For additional information on this great program, please contact Sarah Welch, our FSS Coordinator, at 440-286-7413, ext. 102 or by email to swelch@geaugamha.org.

If you have a goal you would like to reach but need help getting there, this may be the program for you! We hope you will make GMHA’s Family Self-Sufficiency program a key to your success.