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Families Celebrate Self-Sufficiency

Date: November 18, 2003
Contact: Rick Hanson, JCC Office of Housing and Community Development

Phone: (757) 220-1272


Twenty-two James City County families have achieved economic independence, including seven who have purchased homes, with assistance of the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program which was started in James City County in 1993. To highlight these achievements, the County’s Office of Housing and Community Development will hold a Family Self-Sufficiency 10th Anniversary Celebration dinner to honor the program’s twenty-two graduates and twenty-nine current participants, Friday, November 21, 6- 7:30 p.m. at the James City Williamsburg Community Center, 5301 Longhill Road.


FSS provides participants of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program with an opportunity to use support services and resources to achieve economic independence. According to their needs, participants have access to employment search assistance, training, child care, transportation, education, and personal counseling. FSS offers an escrow account as an incentive to families to meet financial goals and successfully complete the terms of their contract. With the assistance of the FSS Coordinator, they develop a long term self-sufficiency plan typically designed to be accomplished over a five year period.


For more information, log on to the County’s website,, or call the Office of Housing and Community Development at 220-1272.


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