Model Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Action Plan

Following the nationally acclaimed tradition of NMA's Model Administrative Plan and Model ACOP, the Model FSS Plan cites and describes HUD regulations in detail, giving you and your agency a solid foundation for policy-making decisions.
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NMA’s Model Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Action Plan

NMA's Model Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Action Plan provides the basis for writing your agency's FSS Action Plan. The NMA Model FSS Action Plan both recommends language for each topic where your PHA must develop policies and provides important points to consider — including best practice and safe harbor guidance — in the accompanying instruction guide. Working together, these documents help you choose the best policy to meet your agency's needs.

HUD requires PHAs running or wishing to run an FSS program to develop a program coordinating committee and an action plan to govern that FSS program. While the FSS Action Plan must be approved by the local field office, HUD supplies very little guidance on just how to build it effectively. The NMA Model FSS Action Plan gives you a guided, step-by-step way to help make certain that your FSS Action Plan meets both the FSS families' and your PHA's needs while at the same time staying compliant with HUD regulations.

For agencies with existing FSS programs (who already have an Action Plan in place): 

Q: Why do we need your Model FSS Action Plan when we've already developed one?

A: The NMA Model FSS Action Plan is designed to ensure that your agency is in full compliance with the regulations at 24 CFR 984. HUD's guidance for developing an FSS Action Plan is vague at best. The comprehensive NMA Model Action Plan not only meets HUD’s requirements, it includes policy options that are based on industry best practice and safe harbor guidance from HUD.

Additionally, an incomplete action plan can put your next coordinator grant in jeopardy. Whether you are renewing your existing FSS coordinator grant or requesting additional FSS coordinator grant monies, a comprehensive, complete FSS Action Plan can help you maintain your program to receive grant funding. This FSS Action Plan provides a roadmap for new FSS coordinators, detailing how to effectively manage your FSS program. FSS programs with vague or incomplete action plans are less likely to help participating FSS families achieve their goals — making it less likely your PHA will achieve its goals.

For agencies who are considering implementing an FSS program

If your agency is considering implementing an FSS program, you must have an FSS Action Plan approved by your local HUD field office before you start your program — regardless of whether you apply for coordinator grant funding.

The NMA Model FSS Action Plan is designed to ensure that your agency is fully in compliance with the regulations at 24 CFR 984. HUD's guidance for developing an FSS Action Plan is vague at best. The comprehensive NMA Model Action Plan meets HUD's requirements, laying out model policies that are based on industry best practice and safe harbor guidance.

This plan, when used correctly, can not only help your agency secure approval to run an FSS program, it can help to ensure that your program is well-managed. In a well-managed program, families are more likely to meet their goals—meaning your PHA is more likely to meet its goals.

NMA’s Model Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Action Plan Revision Service

Subscribing to our revision service ensures that your policy is always up to date as HUD makes regulatory changes. It can help your agency attain a thorough and accurate tenant selection plan that covers all the bases, making this a vital tool for managing your PBRA program. 

Click here to view a sample of the Model FSS Action Plan.

Click here to view a sample of the FSS Action Plan guide.

Click here to view the title page and Table of Contents.

*If you are a current subscriber, please email Kaitlin Gligo to receive an update on Section 3.

2017: For 2017, the NMA Model Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Action Plan has been brought into alignment with the waivers and alternative requirements set forth in the Federal Register on December 29, 2014. Specifically, the plan has been updated to reflect that PHAs may no longer deny or terminate Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program assistance for failure to comply with the FSS Contract of Participation.

2014: For 2014, the NMA Model Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Action Plan has been updated to reflect changes to funding streams as a result of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014. In the past, administrative fees and costs were funded differently for public housing and housing choice voucher FSS programs, and the use of such funding was restricted to the applicable program. All FSS funding is now awarded through one NOFA.

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