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Resident Opportunity and Self-Sufficiency Service Coordinator (ROSS-SC) Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Tribes, and Housing Authorities to
Improve Economic Independence for Public Housing Residents

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) - Public and Indian Housing (PIH)

Deadline Date:

09/17/21 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time - Receipt

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, resident associations, tribes, and housing authorities to help public and indigenous housing residents achieve economic stability and independence. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete.

The Resident Opportunity and Self-Sufficiency Service Coordinator (ROSS-SC) grant program is designed to assist residents of Public and Indian Housing make progress towards economic and housing self-sufficiency by removing the educational, professional and health barriers they face. Self-sufficiency is defined as a household’s ability to maintain financial, housing, and personal/family stability. To achieve self-sufficiency, individuals in a household move along a continuum towards economic independence and stability; such movement is facilitated by the achievement of educational, professional, and health/mental health and financial empowerment-related goals. For the ROSS program, self-sufficiency is further defined as a resident’s ability to progress along the self-sufficiency continuum through training and the utilization of supportive services. In the case of elderly residents and residents with disabilities, self-sufficiency is further defined as the utilization of supportive services which enable them to age in place or remain living independently for as long as possible.

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 training and supportive services that will enable participants to move along the self-sufficiency continuum. Through the ROSS-SC grant, HUD also provides funding flexibility to allow grantees to provide direct services where necessary to further support the work of the ROSS-SC and ultimately, the goals of the ROSS-SC program.

This place-based program targets the entire resident community within the project(s) to be served and aims to address the areas of need at both 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 make progress towards achieving economic and housing self-sufficiency. 

ROSS-SC funds may only be used for the coordinator's salary and fringe benefits; travel and training expenses; and administrative costs. The ROSS-SC program is a cost-reimbursable grant meaning that costs are reimbursed by HUD after they are incurred.

For the Core Functions of the ROSS-SC Program and the Areas of Need, see the URL for Full Text link below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183861

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$35,000,000

Number of Grants:

HUD expects to make approximately 125 awards from the funds available under this NOFO.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum Award Amount: $737,550

Term of Contract:

- Estimated Project Start Date: 03/18/2022
- Estimated Project End Date: 03/18/2025
- Length of Project Periods: 36-month project period and budget period

Eligibility:

  • Indian housing authorities
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Resident Associations (RAs) are also eligible to apply. RAs and non-profit applicants that are not RAs must have either locally-incorporated nonprofit status (usually designated by the state) or 501(c)(3) nonprofit status designated by the IRS. All applicants with nonprofit status must submit documentation attesting to their nonprofit status.
- Indian Tribes as defined in Section 4(13) of NAHASDA are eligible to apply for FY21 ROSS funding. Tribally-designated housing entities (TDHEs) as defined in section 4(22) of NAHASDA (25 U.S.C. 4103) are also eligible to apply for FY21 ROSS funding.

For information about the eligibility of PHA affiliates or instrumentalities with nonprofit status, see https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/SPM/documents/FR-6500-N-05_FY21_ROSS_NOFO.pdf#page=10.

Ineligible Applicants:
Any applicant that is not a Public Housing Authority, Tribe/TDHE, Resident Association, and/or Non-Profit organization is ineligible for ROSS funding. In addition, any applicant that is not a renewal or new applicant (see definitions) is ineligible for FY21 ROSS funding. For-profit entities and individuals are not eligible to apply.

For additional eligibility information, see https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/SPM/documents/FR-6500-N-05_FY21_ROSS_NOFO.pdf#page=22.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is 11:59:59 pm Eastern Standard time on Sep 17, 2021.

Applications must be received no later than the deadline, or, if HUD has issued you a waiver allowing you to submit your application in paper form, by HUD no later than the deadline.

All applicants are required to have in place a firmly committed match contribution equivalent to 25 percent of the total grant amount requested in order to be considered for funding. For more information, see https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/SPM/documents/FR-6500-N-05_FY21_ROSS_NOFO.pdf#page=24.

Registration Requirements:
1. SAM Registration Requirement: Applicants must be registered with https://www.sam.gov/ before submitting their application. Applicants must maintain current information in SAM on immediate and highest-level owner and subsidiaries, as well as on all predecessors that have been awarded a Federal contract or grant within the last three years, if applicable.
2. DUNS Number Requirement: Applicants must provide a valid DUNS number, registered and active at https://www.sam.gov/, in the application. DUNS numbers may be obtained for free from Dun & Bradstreet at https://www.dnb.com/.
3. Requirement to Register with Grants.gov: Anyone planning to submit applications on behalf of an organization must register at grants.gov and be approved by the E-Biz POC in SAM to submit applications for the organization. Registration for SAM and grants.gov is a multi-step process and can take four (4) weeks or longer to complete if data issues arise. Applicants without a valid registration cannot apply through grants.gov. Complete registration instructions and guidance are provided on grants.gov.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=334794

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Questions regarding specific program requirements for this NOFO should be directed to ROSS-PIH@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.

Applicants having difficulty accessing the application and instructions or having technical problems can receive customer support from Grants.gov by calling (800) 518-GRANTS (this is a toll-free number) or by sending an email to support@grants.gov.

CFDA Number:

14.870

Funding or Pin Number:

FR-6500-N-05

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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