Expanding the scope and impact of the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program
Compass has developed and refined an approach to the FSS program that builds on expert research, the principles of a national asset building movement, and over thirteen years of on-the-ground experience working with families with low incomes. Compass has partnered with public housing authorities to operate its model for the FSS program since 2010. We have also worked with owners of units subsidized by the Project-Based Section 8 program since 2015, when that program was first made eligible by Congress to operate FSS. Due to the passage of federal legislation in May 2018, owners of such HUD-assisted multifamily housing can now voluntarily establish and operate an FSS program at eligible housing sites.
Sign Up for FSS Link
Compass is excited to announce the launch of FSS Link, a web-based platform to facilitate connections, field building and learning among FSS practitioners.
Coming Soon: Spring 2019
Compass FSS Program Results
At Compass, the true measure of our success is whether the families we serve achieve the goals and dreams they have for a stronger financial future. We also measure and track families’ progress toward key indicators of financial security, including earnings, credit, debt, and savings. The final report from a recent rigorous, multi-year, and quasi-experimental study of our FSS Programs by Abt Associates showed that participants earned more and received less welfare payments than their matched peers and that they achieved positive credit and debt outcomes that exceeded benchmarks. Key results include:
Average Increase in Household Earnings
Average Improvement in Credit Score
Average Change in Credit Card Debt
Check out Abt Associates' multi-year study of our Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) programs in partnership with local housing authorities in Lynn and Cambridge, Massachusetts.