Requirements and Process
One of the basic requirements of the FSS program is execution of an FSS contract of
participation between the Head of the FSS family and HOME. The FSS contract of
participation includes the rights and responsibilities of the FSS family and HOME, the services
to be provided to the family, and the activities to be completed by the family.
What is the term of the FSS contract of participation?
The term of the FSS contract is up to five years; however, such term may be extended for up to
two more years provided that there is good cause for the extension, such as serious illness or
involuntary loss of employment. Participants may also successfully graduate in less than five
What are the participant’s responsibilities under the FSS contract of participation?
The FSS contract requires that the family comply with the lease, that all FSS family members
(not just family members who elected to participate in FSS) are welfare-free for the 12
consecutive months before the FSS contract is completed, and that the head of the FSS family
(the same as the head of household for rent and income eligibility purposes) seek and maintain
Noncompliance with the FSS contract without good cause may result in termination from the
FSS program. Termination (or exit) from the FSS program may not result in termination of the family’s rental assistance.