Project Self-Sufficiency (PSS) assists low-income, single parents in achieving economic independence from governmental assistance through education and intensive case management. PSS is coordinated through the Recreation, Human, and Cultural Services Division of the Community Services Department.
Partnering with the City of Huntington Beach, The Project Self Sufficiency Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization. The purpose of the foundation is to seek financial contributions for child care, transportation, scholarships, dental, and other needed services such as a food pantry. The PSS staff is responsible for providing direct services to the participants on a daily basis.
Project Self-Sufficiency began in 1985, when the City participated in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's national Project Self-Sufficiency Program. Since then, the Huntington Beach program has gained national recognition as one of the best in the country. The PSS program is proud to be celebrating 25 years of service to single parent families in Huntington Beach. PSS Has helped over 500 local families to achieve economic self sufficiency.
Project Self-Sufficiency parents must be single, low income, and highly motivated to work toward achieving a career which will support their family. Applicants must live, work, or attend school in the City of Huntington Beach or be referred to the program from a shelter in Orange County. Clients must be already enrolled in school and have successfully completed the semester immediately prior to coming into our program.
Each Project Self-Sufficiency parent benefits by defining their goals and building a reasonable strategy with their case manager. These strategies include intensive case management, enrollment in college or a technical training program, child care and book reimbursement, financial counseling, and addressing personal issues and other barriers to their success.
Project Self-Sufficiency participants usually realize new self-esteem on their way to becoming economically self-sufficient. Eventually participants no longer need public assistance for food, housing, and child care. They become the leaders and the workforce of their community. Their ability to contribute acquired skills and efforts to the overall community increases resulting in substantial savings for taxpayers.
To ensure the success of Project Self-Sufficiency, it is vital that the community play a role in its success. Private and nonprofit agencies and individuals can assist in the following ways:
All contributions are tax deductible.
Project Self Sufficiency Office
1718 Orange Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Project Self-Sufficiency Foundation
18685 Main Street, #A109
Huntington Beach, CA 92648-1723
The Project Self-Sufficiency Foundation Website
501 (c) (3) Not for Profit Tax ID# 33-0597719
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