Resident Opportunity and Self Sufficiency Program NOFA
The Resident Opportunity & Self Sufficiency Service Coordinator (ROSS-SC) program is designed to assist residents of Public and Indian Housing make progress towards economic self-sufficiency. Self Sufficiency is an individual’s ability to support their household by maintaining financial, housing, and personal/family stability. To achieve self-sufficiency, an individual move along a continuum towards economic independence and stability; such movement is facilitated by the achievement of personal goals.
To help residents make progress towards self-sufficiency, HUD provides ROSS-SC grant funding to eligible applicants to hire a Service Coordinator who assesses the needs of Public and Indian housing residents and links them to supportive services that enable participants to move along a continuum towards self-sufficiency. In the case of elderly/disabled residents, the Service Coordinator links them to supportive services which enables them to age/remain in place.
This place-based program targets the entire resident community in the project(s) to be served and aims to address the areas of need at the community and individual level. The ROSS-SC must work with residents, PHA staff, local partners, and other stakeholders to develop local strategies to address the needs of residents and remove barriers so that residents are making progress towards achieving self-sufficiency.
ROSS-SC funds may be used for the coordinator's salary and fringe benefits, travel and training expenses, and administrative costs.
Funding of up to $35,000,000 is available through this NOFA.
Additional funds may become available for award under this NOFA, because 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.
Eligible Use of Funds:
a. Salary and Fringe Benefits: Funds awarded for salaries to grantees under this NOFA shall only be used to pay the salary and fringe benefits of ROSS Service Coordinators (ROSS-SCs).
b. Training and Travel Related to Professional and/or Program Development: Funds may also be requested to pay for training and travel costs only if related to professional and/or program development of the FY19 ROSS program and service coordinator(s). All training and associated travel for the ROSS-SC staff person must be approved by the HUD Field Office or Area ONAP prior to incurring expenses.
c. Administrative Costs. The funds HUD awards to ROSS-SC grantees to cover administrative costs may only be used to support the ROSS program. These funds may not be used by grantees’ Central Office Cost Centers to cover other grantee costs.
Opportunities Zones are offered for the programs. If the projects to be served in your application is located and included in an Opportunity Zone, you may submit a narrative entitled “Opportunity Zone Preference Points” that indicates the Tract FIPS number. Your narrative statement must also include strategies that you will use to connect residents to opportunities that are or may become available in your area due to the Opportunity Zone designation. Funding Opportunity Number: FR-6300-N-05
Opportunity Title: Resident Opportunity and Self Sufficiency Program
Competition ID: FR-6300-N-05
CFDA No: 14.870
Opening Date: August 14, 2019
Closing Date: October 15, 2019
- Program Notice - NOFA has been updated to include: EDSC Provision: PHAs that are currently eligible to receive annual funding under the Elderly/Disabled Service Coordinator (EDSC) program from the Public Housing Operating Fund that apply to serve elderly/disabled resident through this NOFA will forgo all future eligibility for EDSC funding through the Operating Fund. If you are receiving EDSC funds, you may apply to serve families only on the HUD-52768 to not risk your EDSC funding. To confirm if your PHA is affected by this EDSC provision, please see the list of PHAs that are eligible to receive EDSC funding. https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/PIH/documents/CY2019-EDSC-List.pdf.
- Sample Needs Assessment
- Previously Awarded List - FY 16 ROSS Grants
- FY 2019 ROSS NOFA Webcast
Contact Information: Questions regarding this NOFA should be directed ROSS-PIH@hud.gov mailbox. 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.