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 local agencies, FSS combines case management, education, job training, and ongoing 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 are a federal public housing resident and are interested, please contact Shannon at 617-625-1152 ext. 323 or shannonb@sha-web.org

If you have a section 8 voucher and are interested please contact Ashley at 617-625-1152 ext. 310 or ashleyw@sha-web.org

Mass LEAP

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 participant will work with 3 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 are a state public housing resident and are interested please contact Ashley at 617-625-1152 ext. 310 or ashleyw@sha-web.org