The FSS program supports the Department's strategic goal of utilizing housing as a platform for improving quality of life by helping HUD-assisted renters increase their economic security and self-sufficiency. The purpose of the FSS program is to promote the development of local strategies to coordinate the use of assistance under the HCV and PH programs with public and private resources to enable participating families to increase earned income and financial literacy, reduce or eliminate the need for welfare assistance, and make progress toward economic independence and self-sufficiency. PHAs or tribes/Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) that administer FSS programs enter into five-year contracts with new families on an ongoing basis. The FSS contract spells out the terms and conditions governing participation and the responsibilities of both the PHA (or tribe/TDHE) and the family. PHAs are not permitted to limit FSS participation to those families most likely to succeed because of current education level or job history.
This NOFA announces the availability of funding of approximately $75 million for salaries of program coordinators for the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program. Due to the level of funding available, the Department will only fund applicants currently administering an FSS program that also meet one of the following criteria: a. you were funded under any of the FY 2013, FY 2014, and/or the FY 2015 FSS NOFAs; or b. you received an FSS program through a transfer or consolidation from a Public Housing Agency (PHA)that was funded under these NOFAs. See Section V.B.3 "Funding Priority Categories" for more information on the order in which funding will be awarded.
Starting in FY2014, funding for FSS coordinators that serve Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) participants and/or Public Housing (PH) participants is made available under one NOFA; there are no longer two separate NOFAs for the HCV FSS program and the PH FSS program. This means that if you submitted two separate applications in previous years, (one for HCV FSS and one for PH FSS) you will only submit one application under this NOFA. As stated in the General Section, applicants that fail to submit their application through Grants.gov for whatever reason, including failure to update their DUNS, SAM or Grants.gov registration or Authorized Organizational Representatives (AORs) will not be considered for funding.
Funding Opportunity Number: FR-6000-N-04
Opportunity Title: Family Self-Sufficiency Program
Competition ID: FR-6000-N-04
CFDA No.: 14.896
OMB Approval Numbers: 2577-0178 exp. 01/31/2017
Opening date: March 21, 2016
Deadline date: April 20, 2016
CONTACT INFORMATION: HUD staff will be available to provide clarification on the content of this NOFA. Please note that HUD staff cannot assist applicants in preparing their applications. Questions regarding specific program requirements for this NOFA should be directed to the point of contact FSS@hud.gov. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339.