Housing and Community Development

CONTACT INFORMATION: Operating Hours: 8AM-4:30PM M-F
703-246-5000 TTY 711
3700 Pender Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
Tom Fleetwood
HCD Director


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Family Self-Sufficiency

photo of mom and daughterFamily Self-Sufficiency (FSS) is a HUD workforce program administered by HCD. The goal of FSS is to assist residents to increase their earned income in order to decrease their reliance on housing subsidies. Because we recognize that true self-sufficiency means more than simply an increase in earned income, HCD’s program focuses on all of the barriers that are likely get in the way for our families, including education, training, budgeting, credit repair, savings, transportation, childcare and affordable health care.

Participating in the FSS program has many benefits, beginning with a case manager dedicated to helping residents identify their goals and provide resources, support and guidance in order to achieve them. During the 5-year program, while the participant is actively working with their case manager, he/she will have access to additional financial benefits, such as:

  • The option to disregard earned income* if you are a full-time student;
  • The opportunity to build assets from a portion of the rent you pay every month;
  • The ability to pay only 30% of your income towards rent, rather than 35%;

Are you ready to get started?

If you are interested in learning more about the FSS Program, please complete and submit the FSS Information Sheet. Once the FSS Interest Sheet is received, we will contact you to provide further information about program enrollment.  

2024 Upcoming Information Sessions

Important information for Port-In’s

At this time, HCD’s FSS program is unable to enroll FSS participants who are porting their voucher from another jurisdiction, unless their voucher is being absorbed by our agency. Additionally, current participants in HCD’s program cannot continue their FSS participation in another jurisdiction unless that jurisdiction is absorbing the voucher. It is important that, before you decide to port in or out of Fairfax County that you have a conversation about your FSS participation with your FSS Case Manager and the portability specialist.

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