How to Launch a New Multifamily FSS Program

Are you interested in starting a Family Self-Sufficiency program at your properties?

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Established in 1992, the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program is a voluntary federal housing program that helps families increase their earnings, build assets, and achieve greater financial stability. In 2015, HUD authorized Multifamily properties to run FSS programs for the first time.

Compass Working Capital operates financial coaching  and savings programs that support families with low income to build assets, achieve their financial goals, and become financially secure. In 2010, Compass developed and launched a new asset building and financial capability model to expand the scope and impact of the FSS program. In 2016, we launched a National FSS Network to support organizations from around the country interested in implementing FSS. 

In collaboration with our housing partners, Compass has launched more Multifamily FSS programs than any other organization in the country. Now we're unveiling this new, step-by-step online course to help you launch a successful program and become an early adopter of multifamily FSS.

Course Benefits

  • Role-specific guidance for each stakeholder to set up program for success.
  • Tool and templates to accelerate your program launch and reduce costs.
  • Practical insights based on the launch of twelve programs across the country.
  • Course content and structure built to help avoid common pitfalls.
  • Change management best practices built into the course to reduce implementation risk.

Courses Modules For:

Property Owner

Property Management

Program Manager

Resident Services Staff


I don’t know how someone would launch a program on their own. This partnership makes us feel more confident about the work we’re doing.
Jeff Sheets Financial Coach, Community Services League
We launched FSS at 4 sites and then expanded to 7 this year with 1,100 eligible households. After 18 months, the program’s early results are very encouraging. We’ve enrolled 30% of our eligible households which is 6 times the national average… We attribute this early success to very committed and well trained property managers and a highly effective service partner, Compass Working Capital.
Aaron Gornstein President and CEO, POAH


$2,000.00 For Early Adopters Buy $2,000.00

Bonus Material


A $75 value
One-on-one session with a Compass Program Manager to review your FSS Program Manual


A $100 value
A one hour TA session on data tracking delivered by Compass' Director of Learning and Knowledge Management


A $75 value
One-on-one consultation on your FSS program area of choice

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