The Garland Housing Agency administers the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program which exists to help housing-assisted families achieve economic independence. FSS was designed for those clients that have no desire to remain on assistance indefinitely.
Clients are asked to set personal goals and sign a contract to achieve these goals within five years.
FSS participant must seek and maintain employment for the duration of the contract.
The GHA provides assistance in obtaining health screening and immunization, employment, business, social and survival skill training necessary to achieve self-sufficiency.
The GHA has fostered a strong relationship with Eastfield and Richland College for education opportunities.
As the client's economic conditions improve, the rental assistance decreases. The GHA creates and maintains an escrow account using the funds accumulated from the difference in rental costs. At the completion of the program and achievement of personal goals, these monies are available to the client and are generally used for down payments on home purchases.