Family Self-Sufficiency

A family may require assistance from a variety of resources to become self-sufficient and meet their long-term housing needs. In the Family Self-Sufficiency program, AHFC works with families to help them develop individualized goals, introduce or direct them to resources, and support their progress toward meeting their goals.

Who is Eligible

Families participating in AHFC’s Housing Choice Voucher or Public Housing Programs may apply as follows:

  • FSS (Anchorage, Bethel, Fairbanks, Homer, Kodiak, Mat-Su, Nome, Soldotna, Valdez): 907-330-6180 in Anchorage or toll-free at 1-877-AKGOALS (877-254-6257); email FSS@ahfc.us
  • FSS Southeast (Cordova, Juneau, Ketchikan, Petersburg, Sitka, Wrangell): 907-586-2937 in Juneau or toll free at 1-855-586-2937; email FSS@ahfc.us

How It Works

Families develop individualized plans with AHFC’s assistance. AHFC monitors each family’s progress and determines if the family is eligible for a financial incentive or reward.

Families can also take advantage of services such as:

  • Learning how to set short- and long-term household goals, as well as saving money for the future
  • Developing skills for new employment and continued employment
  • Receiving assistance with resume writing, job searching, and financial management
  • Getting connected with resources to help families better meet their financial needs

Incentives and Rewards

During this transition period, the new FSS Program and incentives described below are not yet available. Notification will be sent to families when families may enroll.

Work

  1. Initial Employment: To receive this one-time $250 reward, the family must obtain and maintain employment averaging at least 30 hours a week for three (3) consecutive months.
  2. Sustained Employment: To receive this one-time $250 reward, the family must maintain employment averaging a minimum of 30 hours a week for nine months in a one year period.

Education

  1. Tuition Assistance: AHFC will provide tuition assistance of up to $1,000 dollars for each family. Tuition assistance must be utilized for a course/training program that will support employment opportunities or career advancement of the family. Courses must help the family work toward, or reach, an identified goal in their ITSP.
  2. Educational Rewards: Families providing verification of the completion of courses/training programs that will support employment opportunities or career advancement may earn up to $500. This reward may also be used to obtain a G.E.D.
  3. AHFC Resident Scholarship Program: Although not exclusively set aside for FSS participants, AHFC offers scholarships for participants in rental assistance programs annually as funds are available. This scholarship will not count toward the maximum incentive explained below.

Long-Term Financial

Once families have completed AHFC’s required financial literacy course, they will be eligible to enroll in the Savings Match Program. AHFC will match the household’s savings up to $300 each year for a maximum savings of $1,500 per participating FSS household. Households will only be eligible to receive the savings match upon successful completion of the FSS program and ending their participation in the AHFC housing assistance program.

Resources

In addition to the community resources the local AHFC office will provide, this list includes statewide resources that may be available to help a family meet financial and other challenges.

Additional classes and resources are posted on the Gateway Learning Center.