Debbie L. DeVries

Rosa Fischer



King County Regional Center
1010 South 2nd Street
Renton, WA 98057



9 a.m.-5 p.m.



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family self-sufficiency:

Offered in partnership with the King County Housing Authority (KCHA), this is a 5-year voluntary program helping those who are ready to make the commitment and work toward a more self-determinate lifestyle.

The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program is for participants living in King County who possess a Section 8 housing voucher through KCHA. Participants make a commitment to set and achieve goals pertaining to education, training and personal financial management skill building, career enhancement, and other essential life skills to help participants achieve economic independence over a 5-year period.

Each FSS participant works with a case manager to create a plan for achieving their goals and linking to community resources, as needed. Services and referrals might include (but are not limited to):

  • Career coaching.
  • Education programs, including GED preparation and completion.
  • Budgeting, credit repair, money management, savings behaviors, home ownership counseling.
  • Employment counseling, resume and cover letter development, online posting, job fairs.
  • Counseling.
  • Criminal record repair.

The case manager also helps families identify potential barriers that may stand in the way of success, offering encouragement and support while the family strives to achieve their goals.

Expectations for FSS Participants

Participants sign a program participation agreement and check in with their case manager quarterly to review progress on individually established goals. Participants also attend informative workshops and meetings geared toward developing and increasing skills to support growth while in the program.

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YWCA Family Self-Sufficiency Program: Challenging participants to think big
Tuesday, February 28, 2012


Octaiviea, center, with her daughters.

Octaiviea became a mother at 16. Against the odds, she graduated from high school and attended community college, even after having a second daughter at 20. But in spite of having big dreams and drive, Octaiviea faced a number of roadblocks that kept her from finishing her associate’s degree. For years her college education remained incomplete. That changed in 2006, when she enrolled in the YWCA Family Self-Sufficiency program.

“One of the things I love about the Family Self-Sufficiency program is that they always had some type of resource for me,” said Octaiviea. “I felt they would go to bat by any means necessary to continue to support me, but also keep me on track, looking up.”

With help from the YWCA, Octaiviea obtained her associate’s degree in human services. She graduated from community college with honors and as a member of Phi Theta Kappa, a national society for community college students. She also graduated from the YWCA Family Self-Sufficiency program, has started her own business called Untangled Spaces, and has confidence she will succeed.

“The people at the YWCA always challenged me to think big,” Octaiviea said. “I feel unstoppable now.”