Section 8 Special Programs
FAMILY SELF-SUFFICIENCY PROGRAM
Located at 50 Laurel Hill Avenue, the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program helps public housing and Section 8 residents achieve economic independence through gainful employment. With the aid of a FSS Coordinator, program participants develop individualized five-year plans that help them move to work and increase their earned income while possibly building savings.
The Homeownership Program allows qualifying Section 8 residents to use their voucher as a form of mortgage payment assistance on single-family homes. The PHA hosts bilingual orientations for prospective buyers. As of 2017 a total of 71 Section 8 residents have successfully purchased a home through this program.
VETERAN’S SUPPORTIVE HOUSING PROGRAM
The Veteran’s Supportive Housing (VASH) Program, a joint effort between the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Veterans Administration (VA), allocates vouchers to housing authorities for Veterans and their families to live in market rate rental units while the VA provides case management services. Since 2008, the PHA receives annual allotments of VASH vouchers and currently administers a total of 209 VASH program vouchers.
38 IN 100 FAMILY HOUSING CHALLENGE
The 38 in 100 Family Housing Challenge seeks to place 38 families with rental assistance in housing units across the state before the Mainstream vouchers for non-elderly disabled people (MSV NED) expire at the end of the year. That gives us 100 days to find 38 homes across the state for families experiencing homelessness. Landlords receive steady rent checks, assistance when needed, and have tenants fully supported by a system of social services. If you or someone you know has an open of soon-to-be available unit and they are willing to help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Challenge is sponsored by the Providence Housing Authority, Crossroads Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Continuum of Care, and the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless. If you are in need of housing, please view our page on how to apply.