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GED test preparation class provided at Creston Plaza by GRPS

Grand Rapids Housing Commission Family Self-Sufficiency Program

Learn About the Section 8 Homeownership Program

Eligible Grand Rapids Housing Commission (GRHC) Section 8 program participants can apply their rental subsidy toward home mortgage payments!

Click Section 8 Homeownership Program Information to learn more!

Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Coordinating Committee

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A client gets computer help at an Education Fair sponsored by the FSS Program.

Families that participate in Grand Rapids Housing Commission affordable-housing programs generally pay 30 percent of their income toward rent; so an increase in earned income typically results in a rent increase.

When a client enrolls in the GRHC’s Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program, we establish an escrow account for the family in which we deposit roughly the amount of the rent increase each month. Escrow can accrue for up to five years, and clients who successfully complete the FSS Program receive these funds. Many families use their FSS funds toward the purchase of a home.

More than 400 West Michigan families currently participate in the Grand Rapids Housing Commission’s FSS Program. During 2016, the GRHC disbursed a total of $346,904 to 51 program graduates.

FSS Newsletter Available!

Click the links below to view recent issues of the Family Self-Sufficiency Program newsletter.

How the FSS Program Works