Resident Services Programs

Public Housing & Section 8 Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS)

The FSS program is a voluntary work-based program designed to assist families in becoming economically independent and self-sufficient. With the support of various local agencies, FSS combines focused case management, education, job training, and ongoing motivational support to aid the family in making positive changes in their lives.

Families who participate in the FSS Program have the opportunity to earn an escrow account and have assistance with: employment counseling, transportation, education, skills training, homeownership counseling, childcare assistance, financial counseling, credit repair and much more!

This program is available to anyone with a Section 8 voucher through Somerville Housing Authority, or any resident living in Federal Public Housing in Somerville.

If you live in the Mystic View Development and want to learn more, please contact Shannon at 617-625-1152 ext. 323 or shannonb@sha-web.org

If you have a Section 8 voucher and want to learn more, please contact Natasha Sierra at 617-625-1152 ext. 310 or natashas@sha-web.org

Mass LEAP (Learning, Employment & Asset) Program

Mass LEAP is another voluntary self-sufficiency program. Mass LEAP will provide resources and services in 3 areas: Financial Literacy, Education, and Career Development. Families that are eligible to participate will work with 3 professional coaches in those 3 areas and get the encouragement, motivation, moral support and assistance they need to achieve their personal goals.

Families that participate also receive an escrow account similar to the FSS Program. The escrow account allows you to save money as your income grows. Once you begin working or your current employment income increases, you will begin earning escrow, which is a savings account that you will receive upon successfully completing your personal goals for the program.

This program is available to resident living in State Public Housing in Somerville.

If you live in the Mystic River or Clarendon development and are interested, please contact Natasha Sierra at 617-625-1152 ext. 310 or natashas@sha-web.org

Resident Opportunity Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) Program

The Resident Opportunity Self-Sufficiency Program is an opportunity for Federal public housing tenants to identify appropriate resources and receive comprehensive referrals to the numerous community supports available. The experienced ROSS Coordinator will assist you with applications for childcare, benefits, citizenship, and more. The ROSS Coordinator is dedicated to advocating for you to receive the community supports needed to live your best possible life.

This program is available to any resident living in Federal Public Housing in Somerville.

If you live in the Mystic View Development and want to learn more, please contact Suze at 617-625-1152 ext. 356 or suzem@sha-web.org