Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Family Self-Sufficiency Program

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The HAJP’s Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program is an initiative to help public housing tenants and housing choice voucher program participants obtain employment that will enable participating families to achieve economic independence.  Our FSS program is administered with the help of our service partners, which consist of governmental agencies, employment and job training agencies, welfare agencies, nonprofit providers, local businesses, schools and financial institutions.  These partners provide program participants with an array of supportive services, such as child care, transportation, remedial education, and job training, to enable them to take advantage of employment opportunities and strengthen other facets of their lives.

 

The FSS program is open to any program participants who have a desire to decrease their dependence on public assistance and achieve economic independence for themselves and their families.  When a participant in the public housing program or in the housing choice voucher program is accepted into the FSS program she or he signs a contract of participation with the HAJP.  The HAJP will work closely with the family to create an individualized training and services plan for each participating family member.  As earned income in the family increases, deposits will be made to an interest bearing escrow account during the term of their contract. On completion of the FSS contract, a family may claim its escrow account, if no family member is receiving welfare assistance.

Many families who have participated in our FSS program have been able to reduce or end their reliance on public assistance.  Some of them have even become homeowners.  For more information on our FSS programs, contact:

 

Public Housing FSS Program

Ms. Anne Marie V. Bourdreaux, PH-FSS Coordinator
Housing Authority of Jefferson Parish
1718 Betty Street
Marrero, LA 70072
(504) 347-4381
annemarie@hajp.org

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher FSS Program

Mr. Rodney Herbert, HCV-FSS Coordinator and Homeownership
Housing Program of Jefferson Parish
1011 Fourth Street, Suite 203
Gretna, LA 70053
(504) 366-5344
rherbert@lahousingprogram.org

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership Program

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership Program

Housing Choice Voucher participants who meet certain requirements may be eligible to use their vouchers toward the purchase of their own homes.  By working with the HAJP, homebuyer education specialists and local lenders, it is possible for participating families to move from rental housing into affordable homes of their own.  The HAJP also helps candidates for ownership access other sources of assistance for their home purchase, such as soft-second mortgages, down-payment assistance and help with closing costs.


If you are a participant in our Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program and you want more information on our Homeownership program, please contact:

Homeownership Specialist
Housing Program of Jefferson Parish
1011 Fourth Street, Suite 203
Gretna, LA 70053
(504) 366-5344