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FaDSS - Family Development and Self-Sufficiency

New Opportunities is excited to offer the Family Development and Self-Sufficiency (FaDSS) Program to provide support and advocacy to low-income families. ThisFaDSS program state-funded program through the Iowa Department of Human Services is available in Audubon, Boone, Calhoun, Carroll, Dallas, Greene, Guthrie and Sac counties.

The FaDSS program helps families work towards achieving self-sufficiency and family stability. The program works to support, empower, and assist families to reach goals such as:

  • Improve job retention 

  • Improve job skills

  • Build financial literacy skills

  • Provide access to community resources 

  • Greater health and stability for the whole family

FaDSS Eligibility 

The FaDSS program is available to families headed by an individual who is receiving Family Investment Program (FIP) benefits and/or families with an income level of 175% or below.

FY 2023 Poverty Guidelines (175% POV)

Household Size Annual Gross Income
1 $26,355
2 $35,770
3 $45,185
4 $54,600
5 $64,015
6 $73,430
7 $82,845
8 $88,480
Each Additional Member Add: $5,635

This program for low-income families is aimed at improving the lives of families at risk of long-term welfare dependency or family instability. By creating opportunities for self-sufficiency, the program helps set up families for lasting success and independence.

Primary FaDSS Services

Home visits: A Family Development Specialist conducts monthly home visits with the family. The family will receive home visits until it is determined that the family is no longer eligible for services (3-month transition period available at this point) or until the family voluntarily withdraws from the program. 

Assessments and goal setting: A Family Development Specialist will help your family discuss your goals and what strengths and barriers can be worked on to help achieve both short and long-term goals.

Support and advocacy: Family Development Specialists provide ongoing support including education, advice, and planning assistance.

Referrals: Families receive referrals to community resources that are best aligned with their needs and goals. Resources include unemployment help, adult and child education services, counseling services, and more.

For questions or more information on the FaDSS program or other nonprofit programs, please call 712-830-7294, or view the brochure below.

FaDSS Brochure (English)                                   FaDSS Brochure (Spanish)

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