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Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program

Write Your Own Personal Success Story with FSS!



The CVR New York HCVP Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program features mentoring, goal setting and financial incentives to empower HCVP Participants to make dramatic positive life changes. With the assistance of the FSS Program, Participants secure good jobs as well as save money for their future. Hundreds of families have graduated from the FSS Program and found rewarding careers in fields ranging from nursing to real estate to business to education. Some FSS "graduates" have built Program-funded savings accounts with as much as $30,000. Individuals use this money to make down payments on homes, purchase cars, pay off debt, attend college, start businesses, and more.

All HCVP Participants who are in good standing are welcome to apply to the FSS Program. The only requirement is a genuine desire to work hard to change your life. Those who are accepted into the FSS Program will sign a contract with a Family Advisor, set goals and make specific plans to achieve those goals. Measurable progress toward established goals is achieved through regularly scheduled meetings with the Family Advisor.

The FSS Program offers a number of services to its members:
  • Skills assessment
  • GED preparation
  • Career planning
  • Computer literacy and skills training
  • Money management workshops
  • Childcare referrals
  • Employment services and skills training
  • Homeownership counseling


Part of the FSS Program includes establishing a savings program for all members. As employment goals are achieved and pay raises are received, FSS deposits an amount matching the pay increase into the member's savings account. When members achieve their goals and gain full-time employment, they graduate from the FSS Program and receive the money in their account plus interest.

To find out more about the Family Self-Sufficiency Program and how it can help you achieve and live the life you imagine, contact your Housing Specialist at 914-995-2414.