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FAMILY SELF-SUFFICIENCY PROGRAM

○    This program is designed to assist families to become economically self-reliant by obtaining support services and the education, job training and job placement assistance needed to become financially independent of public aid, or, if employed, to become better employed.
○    Families involved in this program will earn money while working towards self-sufficiency.
○    Family is eligible for the FSS program if currently receiving Rental Opportunity Housing Assistance (Section 8) and ready to make a change

Benefits of the membership:
○    Earn escrow money for increases in earned income
○    Receive one-on-one case management
○    Goal setting
○    Education skills training
○    Job skills training
○    Personal and family support
○    Money management services
 
How does the FSS program work:

The head of the household completes an application packet and signs a “Contract of Participation” with the Spokane Housing and the Pullman Community Action Center. The contract and application packet specifies the obligations and goals, as well as the resources and appropriate support services to be provided to attain those goals.
If the earned income increases during the term of the contract, the Housing Authority will credit money for them into an escrow savings account.
You have five years to complete your contract. In order to collect your accrued escrow, you and your family must be free of all public assistance for a period of 12 months, or become over the income limits for Section 8 rental assistance.


RURAL RESOURCES

350 Fairmont Rd, Ste 2
Pullman, WA 99163
Phone: 509-33201617
    800-538-7661
Fax: 509-332-3657
Website: http://ruralresources.org/

o    Rural Resources (RR) is part of the network of Community Action Agencies which carry on the mission of helping people who live in poverty to improve their lives and obtain self-sufficiency
o    RR provides employment and training opportunities to eligible youth and adults in Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Orville, Stevens, and Whitman in WA State.
o    RR works closely with public and private employers to provide training to individuals and to assist businesses in securing qualified personnel.


Employment training opportunities:

o    Pre-employment skills training
o    On-the-job training—an employer provides the training required for the particular job
o    Support services—provides resources to eliminate barriers to employment including assistance for clothes, tools, gas, etc.
o    Youth programs—designed to provide opportunities for youth to improve educational achievement, enhance employment skills, gain work experience, and improve their study skills.
o    Older worker program
o    Work experience—provides temporary employment opportunities for individuals with little or no work history. It is designed to teach basic skill and create positive work habits.
o    Vocational training—provides formal training in an institutional setting that leads to a degree or a recognized credential.
o    Job retention and wage progression—helps people resolve problems they may face in staying employed and assists them in developing skills that can lead to increased earnings in a career field.
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