The Champaign Housing Authority

MTW LSS Program

HACC is a Moving to Work agency and as such has implemented a mandatory Local Self-Sufficiency Program (LSS). This program requires participation in self-sufficiency activities as a condition of eligibility and continued occupancy for all HACC Residents and Housing Choice Voucher Participants. 

All able-bodied individuals age 18 through 54 must be employed 25 hours or more per week or be enrolled on a full-time basis (as defined by the institution) in an educational program that offers a degree or certificate. Elderly and disabled individuals are exempt from this requirement.

Household members enrolled in an educational program must demonstrate successful progress towards the degree or certificate. Progress shall be defined as successfully completing 75% of all required course work on an annual basis.

The head of the household is required to develop a self-sufficiency plan that identifies goals and objectives for each household member required to participate in the Mandatory LSS Program and is held accountable for progress of all household members.

You are required to report to your LSS Case Manager, any changes in your self-sufficiency plan. Click here for reporting forms.

Effective January 1, 2016, non-exempt households shall be limited to a maximum housing assistance term not to exceed eight years. Households may not designate an alternate head of household for the purpose of extending term limits. All adult household members shall be subject to the applicable term limit for the household.

Effective July 1, 2018, a financial incentive will be provided for households who remain fully compliant with the LSS Program during an applicable calendar year. These households will earn $2,000 if they remain fully compliant from January 1 through December 31 of each year. A partial credit of $1,000 will be provided for the remainder of 2018 if fully compliance from July 1, 2018 through December 31, 12018. No subsequent partial credits will be provided; no credit will be earned if any member of the household was non-compliant for any time during the 12-month calendar period.

The annual credits will accrue and will only be paid upon voluntary exit from the program(s) in good standing or upon expiration of the 8-year term limit. All credits will be forfeited for any household that is terminated from the program for cause or ports to another jurisdiction for any reason.

Individuals who lose employment more than once, for any reason other than a reduction in force, shall be required to enroll, attend and complete a job retention program as directed by their LSS Case Manager.

For more information on the LSS Program requirements, contact the LSS Department.