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FWHA develops, owns, and operates quality affordable and accessible housing for citizens of  Fort Worth and Tarrant County with a range of incomes utilizing various federal, state, and local programs. Our agency currently provides more than 6,000 units of quality affordable housing and serves more than 18,000 citizens.

Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program

The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program is designed to help families become economically self-sufficient.  Families meet with the FSS Specialist and establish goals that span a five-year period of time.  These goals are unique to each family and may include furthering education, obtaining vocational training, opening a small business, and homeownership.  Employment assistance through job fairs and contacts with various employers is provided to FSS participants.  The FSS Specialist also guides the family to supportive services and resources in the community.

The Fort Worth Housing Authority is participating in a national study of the FSS program. The program will not change, but starting in January 2014 and lasting about 12 months, the way to enroll will be different. All applicants will be placed into a lottery where you will have a 50/50 chance of getting into FSS.

The FSS program is currently accepting applications.  If you are a Housing Choice Voucher participant, call 817-333-3653, 817-333-3607, 817-333-3671, or 817-333-3664 for more information.

If you are a participant in the Public Housing program, please contact our Resident Services office 817-333-3524.

You may also download the pre-application form: Family Self-Sufficiency Program Pre-Application  and mail it to:

Fort Worth Housing Authority
1201 E 13th Street
Fort Worth TX  76102


Things You Should Know about the FSS Program:


  • Families must be currently receiving rental assistance through a FWHA housing program.
  • Families must respond to any interest letter or notices sent by the Housing Authority.
  • Families must attend an orientation scheduled by the Housing Authority.
  • Families must complete and adhere to an Individual Training and Service Plan, which identifies goals and outlines specific activities and services over the five year contractual period. 
  • Families must work closely with the assigned FSS Coordinator to complete set goals.
  • Families may have the opportunity to establish an escrow savings account.
  • Any member of the household who is a participant of a FWHA program and included on the lease may participate in the FSS Program.
  • A family may be denied the opportunity to participate if they previously participated and was terminated for not meeting the FSS Program obligations.
  • A family may be selected for participation whether or not family members are employed.