Family Self Sufficiency

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Step Up Suncoast
6428 Parkland Drive
Sarasota, Florida 34243

Phone: 941-827-0188
Extension: 7804
Toll Free Phone:
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Program Description

The Family Self Sufficiency Program is designed to provide educational supportive services to low income students. We provide monthly case management,including joint problem solving, budgeting, resume writing, interviewing skills, and appropriate financial assistance while in school. The FSS Programs goal is to assist our clients maintain stability during their educational process. The FSS Program empowers families, advocates, provides emotional support, and guides families towards economic independence. Through a continual relationship with Step Up Suncoast, families will receive help in assessing their needs, setting and completing reachable goals. Families can be enrolled in Step Up Suncoast's Family Self-Sufficiency Program for up to five years as they work towards becoming economically independent. During this time a major emphasis is placed on educational attainment while requiring part time employment. The Family Self Sufficiency Program is targeted to those individuals and families that are goal oriented, motivated, and persistent in their pursuit of a better economic existence. This program is available in Manatee, Hardee,and DeSoto County. See website for application

Services Available Through This Program

Employment Assistance , Financial Counseling, Free Tax, Small Business Training & Loans , Job Training/Search , Youth and Adult Education, Literacy, Computer Instruction

Hours of Operation

Eligibility Requirements and Important Information

Basic Requirements for entry into the Family Self Sufficiency Program includes: Meeting stated income guidelines, educational commitment, and employment commitment.

Availability and Fees
Current Wait List: 
Handicapped Access: 
Accepts Medicaid: 
Accepts Private Insurance: 
Financial Assistance Available?: 
Sliding Scale: 

Other Fee Information


Points of Interest

Career development including; financial literacy, resume writing, financial assistance, family assessments, emotional support.


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