This bill would make the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program administered by the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) available to residents of project-based, subsidized housing (such as Section 8 or 9 housing). FSS combines affordable, stable housing for families in public with work-promoting service coordination and a rent incentive in the form of an escrow account that grows as families’ earnings increase and can be applied to work-related purchases or a down-payment on a home. The bill would consolidate HUD’s two FSS programs into one, allow tenants in privately-owned properties that receive project-based assistance to participate in FSS, and remove a limit on the amount that can be deposited into escrow accounts. Additionally, it would permanently reauthorize the FSS.
What is House Bill H.R. 4258?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 4258
In-Depth: Original cosponsor Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver (D-MO) offered the following statement on his and Rep. Sean Duffy’s (R-WI) bill to improve HUD’s Family Self-Sufficiency program:
“Growing up in public housing, I am well aware of how important it is that we provide residents with opportunities to become independent and self-sufficient. A program like FSS helps participants access essential supportive services -- putting them on a path towards success. The program has strong support nationally and has been successful in improving outcomes in my own Congressional district.”
- House Financial Services Committee Press Release
- CBO Cost Estimate
- Women’s Policy Institute
- National Low Income Housing Coalition (In Favor)
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Family Self-Sufficiency Act
To promote the development of local strategies to coordinate use of assistance under sections 8 and 9 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 with public and private resources, to enable eligible families to achieve economic independence and self-sufficiency, and for other purposes.
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Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
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- The house Passed January 17th, 2018Roll Call Vote 412 Yea / 5 Nay
Committee on Financial ServicesIntroducedNovember 6th, 2017
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