Community Development Corporation of Long Island

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Family Self Sufficiency

The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program assists individuals and families who are receiving Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance to secure the resources they need to achieve economic self-sufficiency.

Case Managers meet regularly with participants to establish/review goals.  Families are provided with many resources, including information about scholarships for college and job training programs, budgeting and credit skills, health care services, and counseling.  These services may help families eliminate barriers to financial stablility and increase their self esteem.

As participants increase their earned income, money is set aside in an "escrow" account.  When the participant achieves his/her goals and graduates from the FSS program, they are provided with the money from the escrow account.  Many have expressed the desire to own a home and may use this money to achieve this dream.

Click here to download an application or for more information about the program contact Kara Funaro at (631) 471-1215 x159 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Check out what participants have to say about the program:

"I am so thankful for the FSS Program for keeping me grounded and focused on my goals.  Because of my [Case Manager], I took my GED and finally passed.  Hopefully, with encouragement, I can reach more of my goals." - Latoya, current FSS participant

"I'm thankful for the FSS Program for the support.  I was able to finish my online schooling, obtain my high school diploma, and finally am able to put down on job applications that I graduated high school." - Monica, current FSS participant

"Thank you for my certificate of achievement in the FFS Program.  It's been a pleasure working with all the staff." - Amy, October 2013 FSS graduate

"The FSS Program is a very wonderful program.  At first, I didn't want to do it, but once I met with my Case Manager a few times, I began to like it....Anything I needed help with, I got information in the mail right away.  I'm very happy that I was in this program.  It was a great help to me.  I would recommend this program to anyone because it helped me out a lot." - Tomeaka, March 2014 FSS graduate

"The FSS Program helped me with so many resources; I received a computer donation, won a basket from the FSS Thanksgiving raffle, received information on home heating assistance, food, managing my household finances, etc.  I felt very supported by my Case Manager." - Keena, February 2014 FSS graduate

"I must admit the FSS Program brought my vision of life to a whole new level.  Thanks to this program, my goals were able to be met with ease and confidence." - Desiree, October 2013 FSS graduate