The Family Development and Self-Sufficiency (FaDSS) program at Northeast Iowa Community Action has a capacity of 77 families and is a support service to assist families with significant or multiple barriers reach self-sufficiency.  The Department of Human Services contracts with the Department of Human Rights, Division of Community Action Agencies to administer the FaDSS Grant Program. The Department of Human Rights subcontracts with seventeen grantees to provide FaDSS services to all 99 counties in Iowa.



Those households who are receiving FIP and required to work with PROMISE JOBS through a Family Investment Agreement (FIA)

FIP Non-PROMISE JOBS Households:

SSI: This household has an adult or adults receiving SSI and the child(ren) in the home are the only ones receiving FIP, therefore this household is not required to work with PROMISE JOBS.

Caretaker FIP: One or more of the adults in this household are identified as a caretaker for the child(ren) in the home through DHS and receive caretaker FIP for the child(ren). The child(ren) are the ones on the FIP grant, therefore this household is not required to work with PROMISE JOBS.

  • In most cases this will be a grandparent or other relative who is caring for the child(ren) and deemed the provider for the child(ren) by DHS, making them eligible to receive FIP for that child(ren).

Non-FIP Households (2 Generation Pilot Project):

Households in which FIP is not a source of income for any member of the home (family unit).

Households who are at or below 80% of the Federal Poverty Level.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families requirements for ALL FaDSS enrollments:

Citizen or qualified alien

Social security number or proof of application.

Iowa residency

Dependent child in the household

Experiencing barriers to self-sufficiency

Referrals to FaDSS are often made from the PROMISE JOBS Program, collaborating service agencies, our NEICAC agency, or self-inquiry. Participation in FaDSS is voluntary. FaDSS services promote, empower, and nurture families towards economic and emotional self-sufficiency. The foundation of FaDSS is regular home visits with families, using a strength-based approach.

Core Services in the FaDSS Program Include:

Home Visits: The foundation for all FaDSS services. Home visits are completed twice a month for the first three months of services, and then once a month throughout the duration of enrollment.

Assessment Tools: Strength-Based Assessments aid the family to identify strengths that they possess to be used to eliminate barriers to self-sufficiency. 

Goal setting:  Directed by the family with guidance from the Certified Family Development Specialist (FaDSS Specialist). The family develops long-term goals and short-term goals that will lead to the achievement of economic and emotional self-sufficiency.  Goal setting helps families break down goals that seem out of reach into small steps that will lead to success.

Support: Family Development Specialists provide ongoing, strength-based and solution focused support. Families know that their Specialists are only a phone call away. Support is given in many ways such as referrals, linking families to communities and positive social networks, and advocating for the best interest of the family.

Referrals: Family Development Specialists assist the families in accessing community resources to better meet their needs. We refer to domestic abuse advocates, education resources, employment opportunities, counseling agencies, early childhood services or any other resources that will benefit their family.

Advocacy: Advocacy is performed at first by the Family Development Specialist and later, as they become empowered, by the family to ensure that systems and services are equitable, inclusive and responsive.

FaDSS Mission Statement: Improve the lives of families at risk of long term welfare dependency or family instability by creating opportunities for self-sufficiency.For more information about FaDSS visit https://humanrights.iowa.gov/dcaa/fadss

NEICAC FaDSS Annual Report (PDF) compiled by the Department of Human Rights



Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation (NEICAC) is a 501(c)3 private non-profit operating in NE Iowa. Charitable donations from individuals, businesses, school⁄church groups, made to NEICAC are always needed and may have a tax benefit to the donor.Individuals and families in your community struggle every day to provide basic needs such as food, shelter and utilities. Your contribution to NEICAC can make the difference to provide a hand-up to self-sufficiency.

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