The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program supports the Department’s strategic goal of increasing economic opportunity for HUD-assisted families. FSS provides grants to Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) and tribes/Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) to support the salaries and training needs of FSS Program Coordinators who assist participating families receiving housing assistance through the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV/PBV), Public Housing (PH) and Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA) programs. FSS Program Coordinators develop local strategies to connect participating families to public and private resources to increase their 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/TDHEs) and each individual participating family execute a five-year contract that incorporates the responsibilities of each party, as well as a training and services plan to help the family become more self-sufficient. PHAs and tribes/TDHEs are not permitted to limit FSS participation to those families most likely to succeed.
On May 24 2018, The Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act became Public Law No: 115-174. Section 306 of the bill amends the United States Housing Act of 1937 to revise the FSS program. The bill specifically changes program requirements related to program eligibility, escrow deposits, and supportive services; allows the Secretary to establish a funding formula; and extends eligibility for grant awards to private owners of project-based rental assistance (PBRA) properties.
The changes to the FSS program are not in effect until HUD issues implementing regulations, and Congress has required HUD to do so within 365 days of the passage of the bill. As such, the bill will not impact funding awarded under this NOFA.
Funding of up to $75,000,000 is available through this NOFA.
Additional funds may become available for award under this NOFA as a result of HUD's efforts to recapture unused funds, use carryover funds, or because of the availability of additional appropriated funds. Use of these funds is subject to statutory constraints. All awards are subject to the applicable funding restrictions contained in this NOFA.
Please note: HUD anticipates issuing a separate NOFA for a limited number of new grantees to receive FSS funding. Therefore, funding of up to $75,000,000 under this NOFA will be reduced to fund new FSS grantees.
Funding Opportunity Number: FR-6200-N-04
Opportunity Title: 2018 Family Self-Sufficiency – Renewal NOFA
Competition ID: FSS-04
CFDA No.: 14.896
OMB Approval Numbers: 2577-0178
Deadline date: November 30, 2018
Agency Contact: HUD staff will be available to provide clarification on the content of this NOFA. Questions regarding specific program requirementsthis NOFA should be directed to 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. Please note that HUD Staff cannot assist applicants in preparing their applications.