On June 13, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) introduced S.1344, a bill to support the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program. It would promote the development of local strategies to coordinate use of federal housing assistance. The bill would improve the program by adding supportive services around education and financial literacy, extend eligibility requirements and streamline program administration. Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) co-sponsored the bill.
In related news, on June 13, HUD released its "Family Self-Sufficiency Program Guidebook for Owners of Project-Based Section 8 Developments." This guidebook provides an overview of the FSS program for owners of HUD-assisted multifamily housing and outlines the steps owners need to take to establish and operate an FSS program. HUD launched a new website on the Multifamily FSS program, providing comprehensive information on the program, including recorded webinars and applicable guidance materials. HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing also released two resources tailored to FSS public housing agency programs: "Administering an Effective Family Self-Sufficiency Program: A Guidebook Based on Evidence and Promising Practices" and "FSS Online Training."