Fiscal Year 2019 Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program NOFA

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) 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) and Public Housing (PH) programs. FSS Program Coordinators develop local strategies to connect participating families to public and private resources to increase their earned income and financial empowerment, reduce or eliminate the need for welfare assistance, and make progress toward economic independence and self-sufficiency. PHAs 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 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 Act amended the United States Housing Act of 1937 to revise the FSS program.  The Act 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. 

Please note major changes from the previous FSS NOFA. Applicants should read this entire NOFA carefully to ensure that all threshold and eligibility requirements are met (otherwise the applicant will be ineligible for funding), and that the program requirements listed in this NOFA are followed.

  • Funding Priority Categories: In the previous NOFA HUD only provided funding for renewal amounts. Funds available under this NOFA will be distributed through three priority rounds including Category 1: Renewal Funding for Eligible Applicants; Category 2: Increases from Part-time to Full-Time Renewal Positions and; Category 3: Funding Increases for Full-Time Renewal Positions. These can be referenced in Section V.B.3
  • Salary Comparability Information: In previous NOFAs, HUD has asked applicants to submit salary comparability information with their application. Under this NOFA, you are required to submit the salary comparability information as part of the application by completing Part IV of the FSS Application form (HUD-52651). See section IV.B.2.c of this NOFA for more information.
  • Maximum Salary Amount per Position: Salary comparable are required with this application. In the past, the maximum request was the amount last awarded and a salary cap of $72,000 per eligible coordinator position was in place.  In this NOFA, the maximum is the amount the salary comparable determine as eligible for each PHA.  See Appendix C and Section V.B.3. 
  • Funding Amount for Renewal Positions: Applicants may request up to the salary amount supported by the salary comparability information submitted as described in Section IV.B.2.c of this NOFA.
  • Program Contract of Participation: This NOFA has updated requirements to the effective date and income baseline set for escrow determinations under the Program Contract of Participation for new families enrolling in the FSS program in FY2019. See Section I.A.4 "Contract of Participation."
  • Target Period: The target period for this NOFA is from January 1, 2018 to 30 days before publication of the NOFA.  Previous NOFAs used a target period running from January 1 of the preceding award to December 31 of the same year.  This change is due to Congress directing HUD to use PIC data from the 12-month period immediately preceding the issuance of the NOFA when calculating the number of new or additional FSS coordinators for which a PHA is eligible to apply.

This program does not offer Preference Points.

Funding of up to $80,000,000 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.

Please note: HUD has issued a separate NOFA published on April 15, 2019, for a limited number of new grantees to receive FSS funding. Therefore, the funding under this NOFA may be reduced to fund new FSS grantees.

HUD expects to make approximately 700 awards from the funds available under this NOFA.

Funding Opportunity Number: FR-6300-N-04
Opportunity Title: : Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program
Competition ID: FR-6300-N-04
CFDA No: 14.896
Opening Date: September 26, 2019
Closing Date:  October 28, 2019

Contact Information:  Questions regarding this NOFA should be directed 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