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Family Self-Sufficiency Program
Empowering our community one family at a time.

What Is Family Self-Sufficiency?

Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) is a voluntary program for participants in the Section 8 Housing Program.  Its purpose is to assist families improve their economic situation and reduce their dependence on public assistance.

The FSS program is for those who are unemployed or already employed but want to increase their income and who are willing to commit to changing their lives.

Each FSS participant creates a five-year plan that includes employment goals and identifies training or educational needs.  FSS staff will work with the household to identify, locate, and arrange for the services they need to accomplish these goals.  Services might include child care, education, transportation, personal development, résumés, job training and placement.

As FSS participants succeed in raising their family income, the portion of their monthly income contributed toward their Section 8 rent payment also increases.  HUD regulations allow a percentage of this rent increase to be deposited into an interest bearing escrow account for the family.  If the family meets its goals within five years and "graduates" from welfare assistance for a period of twelve consecutive months, they will receive the funds in this account.  This is a great incentive for those new in the work force and for those ready to reach goals set early in life.  Many participants use this escrow as a down payment in purchasing a home or to start their own business.

For more information and to sign-up, contact the FSS Coordinator at:

Oklahoma City Housing Authority
Attn:  FSS Coordinator
1700 Northeast Fourth Street
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
73117-3800

(405) 605-3222

Email:
fss@ochanet.org

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Homeownership Program:

The Section 8 Homeownership Program will assist eligible Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program participants in the purchase of a home by offering monthly homeownership assistance toward mortgage payments.

In order to participate in the Section 8 Homeownership Program, a family:
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Must be a current participant of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program or a current voucher holder.

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Must be in good standing with any and all applicable OCHA programs in which they are participating (required or voluntary) and have no outstanding debts to OCHA.

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Must have a satisfactory rental payment history for at least one (1) year.  (Will be verified by the OCHA Homeownership Coordinators).

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Must be a first-time homeowner (has not owned or had ownership interest in their residence for the past three years).

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Must have a minimum gross annual income of $14,500.00 which equals the Federal minimum hourly wage rate of $7.25 times 2000 hours(except in the case of an elderly or disabled family, welfare assistance is not counted in determining whether the family meets the minimum income requirement).

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Must have at least one adult family member, who will purchase the property, employed at least thirty (30) hours per week, and has been working thirty (30) hours per week for the past twelve (12) months.  This does not mean a person must be with the same company for one year.  However, there must not be a break of more than thirty (30) days in the hours worked.  (Employment requirement does not apply to the elderly or disabled).

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If elderly or disabled, must have a minimum annual income of $8,088.00 which equals the Federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) monthly benefit amount of $674.00 times twelve (12) months.

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Must pass a preliminary credit screening process.

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Must obtain Certification of completing a Homebuyer's Education Class.

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Must not have defaulted on a mortgage to purchase a home under the homeownership option.

For more information and to sign-up, contact the Section 8 Homeownership Coordinator at:

Oklahoma City Housing Authority
Attn:  S8 HOP Coordinator
1700 Northeast Fourth Street
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
73117-3800
(405) 605-3269
Email:
hop@ochanet.org

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Family Unification Program   
The Section 8 Family Unification Program is for families who have lost their children or are in danger of losing their children due to one of the primary factors being inadequate housing. Participants must be referred by the Department of Human Services Child Welfare Division. Families who have Child Welfare Caseworkers should contact their Caseworkers to see if they qualify. If you believe you may qualify but do not have a Child Welfare Caseworker, we may refer you to a Child Welfare Caseworker for determination of eligibility.

For more information regarding this program, please call (405) 605-3264.

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Non-elderly Persons with Disabilities for Designated Housing   
This program provides housing assistance for disabled families and individuals under the age of 62 who would have otherwise experienced delays in housing due to designation of five (5) of our Senior Citizens Centers as Elderly Only.

For more information regarding this program, please call (405) 605-3264.

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Fair Share Program   
This program is specifically for disabled families, or persons with disabilities and for disabled persons who qualify under the Medicaid Home and Community Based Waiver under Section 1915(c) of the Social Security Act, otherwise known as the AdVantage Program with the Oklahoma County Department of Human Services Aging Services Division. AdVantage Program participants must be referred by a AdVantage Program Case Manager.

A disabled family is defined as "A family whose head of household, spouse or sole member is a person with disabilities. This may include two or more persons with disabilities living together, and one or more persons with disabilities living with one or more persons who are determined essential to the care and well-being of the person or persons with disabilities." This could be a disabled person with a live-in-aide, or a family with a child or other family member who is disabled and other family members who are responsible for their care.

For more information regarding this program, please call (405) 605-3264.

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Mainstream Program for Persons with Disabilities   
This program provides housing assistance for disabled families and individuals of all ages.

For more information regarding this program, please call (405) 605-3264.

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Project Access   
Project Access is a national pilot program that assists non-elderly persons with disabilities to transition from nursing homes into the community by providing Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers.  The Authority is partnering with the State Medicaid Agency in implementing this program.

For more information regarding this program, please call (405) 605-3264.

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Single Room Occupancy Program (SRO)
The SRO Program is a collaborative project with the Neighborhood Services Organization and Community Counseling Center to provide housing and supportive needs to the homeless chronically mentally ill population.

For more information regarding this program, please call (405) 605-3264.

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