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Service Coordinator Grants

Each year HUD offers grant monies to owners of HUD assisted housing, enabling them to hire a Service Coordinator to serve their residents.  Service Coordinator grants are made for an initial three-year term and provide funding for the salary, fringe benefits, and related administrative costs associated with employing a Service Coordinator. HUD awards grants to owners of HUD assisted multifamily housing, namely developments built with or subsidized by the following programs: Section 202, project-based Section 8, Section 236 and Section 221(d)(3) Below-Market Interest Rate. All housing must be designed or designated for sole occupancy by elderly persons (aged 62 and older) and/or younger people with disabilities (aged 18 to 61).

Service Coordinators are primarily involved with the following types of activities:

 -   Provide case management and information and referral services
 -   Educate residents on available services and benefits and on tenancy issues
 -   Establish linkages with community agencies
 -   Monitor provision of service
 -   Advocate for residents
 -   Educate housing management staff
 -   Work with resident organizations
 -   Help residents set up informal support networks
 -   Educate housing management staff
 -   Set up volunteer programs

Service Coordinators cannot act as recreational or activities directors; provide supportive services directly, or assist with other administrative work that is normally associated with housing operations.

Service Coordinator funds can be used for the following types of expenses:

 -   Salary
 -   Fringe benefits
 -   Quality Assurance
 -   Training
 -   Travel
 -   Creation of private office space
 -   Computer hardware, software, and Internet service
 -   Office furniture and supplies

Service Coordinator funds may not be used for the following types of expenses:

 -   Supervision performed by property management staff (Management fees already pay for such supervision)
 -   Usual audit and legal fees
 -   Application preparation and submission
 -   Increasing management fees
 -   Service Coordinator-related training courses for property management staff who do not directly provide Service Coordination. Owners must use their management fees to pay this expense
 -   Food and beverage
 -   Gifts to residents/or staff
 -   Any costs associated with parties or meals (even for residents)
 -   Restaurant meals/travel not associated with approved training and/or not included in the approved budget
 -   Computer hardware/software or other equipment not used/required by the Service Coordinator
 -   Or any other cost as defined by 2 CFR Part 200

HUD plans to provide extension funding to these grants, beyond the initial three-year term, but the ability to do so is always dependent upon annual Congressional appropriations.