Cumberland County Emergency Rental Assistance applications are open. Please see our webpage for more information on how to apply.

Family Self Sufficiency

Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) is a voluntary program designed to offer families supportive services in securing educational opportunities and job training needed to assist them in returning to the productive mainstream of society. Eligible families are connected with the appropriate supportive services throughout Cumberland or Perry County needed to achieve economic independence.

As the FSS participant succeeds in raising their earned income, the portion of their monthly income contribution toward their Section 8 rent payment also increases. HUD regulations allow a percentage of the increase to be deposited in an interest-bearing escrow account. If the family meets their goals within five years and is free of welfare assistance for a period of twelve months, they will receive the funds in this account.

Each participating family creates a maximum five year plan that includes employment goals and identifies their needs in training or education needs to gain economic independence. Each family will identify their individual needs for services that might include child care, education, transportation, job training and placement, counseling, parenting skills, money management or credit counseling, and other assistance. The head of household of the family must seek and maintain employment. If the family does not meet their obligations, the money in the escrow account would be forfeited and participation in the FSS Program withdrawn.

The FSS Program collaborates with other agencies and service providers within Cumberland and Perry Counties:

  • Career Link
  • Remedial Education/GED
  • Job Skill Training & Placement
  • Financial & Budget Counseling
  • First Time Homebuyer Program
  • Homeownership Program
  • Homemaking & Parenting Skills

How to Apply

You must be a current participant in the Housing Choice Voucher Section 8 Program. If you are motivated and have the determination to become independent, then you are ready to get started. Request an application by contacting Sandy Smith, FSS Coordinator/Housing Representative using either of the phone numbers below.

717- 249-1315 ext. 113