The Family Self Sufficiency program, FSS, is a HUD required program that allows HCV Section 8 families to participate in. The program is voluntary to the participants but required for the Housing Authority to have. Participants that want to be in this program sign a contract with the Housing Authority to do certain things such as get their GED, finish college, obtain a job, get off of TANF, etc. The contract is for a 5 year term and can be extended for several more years if both parties agree. During the term of the contract, if the participant has an increase in their earned income a portion of their increased rent goes into a savings account. Once they successfully complete their contract the participant receives a check for the amount deposited plus interest. This is a great way to get a down payment for a home of their own.