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FY 2018 Resident Opportunity and Self Sufficiency Service Coordinator (ROSS-SC) program

Grants to USA Tribes and Nonprofits to Promote
Economic Self-Sufficiency for Public Housing Residents

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

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07/30/18 11:59 PM ET Receipt


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Grants to USA tribes, nonprofit organizations, resident associations, and public housing agencies to promote economic self-sufficiency for Public and Indian housing residents. Applicants are advised that the registrations required to apply may take up to four weeks to complete.


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 moves along a continuum towards economic independence and stability; such movement is facilitated by the achievement of personal goals.

To help residents make progress towards economic 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 economic independence and stability. In the case of elderly/disabled residents, the Service Coordinator links them to supportive services which enables them to age/remain in place.

This program also works to promote the development of local strategies to coordinate the use of assistance under the Public Housing program with public and private resources, for supportive services and resident empowerment activities. ROSS-SC funds may be used for coordinator’s salary and fringe benefits, travel and training expenses, and administrative costs.

Core Functions of ROSS-SC Program:

Resident Needs Assessment: ROSS applicants/grantees must assess the needs of public housing residents to determine the critical needs that residents identify as barriers to achieving economic self-sufficiency.

Coordination: The role of each ROSS-SC shall be designed to meet the needs of the local community he/she will serve. The ROSS-SC must build partnerships and coordinate with local service providers to ensure that program participants are linked to supportive services. The ROSS-SC may also coordinate educational and/or community events that help resident achieve economic independence and stability.

Case Management/Coaching: Provide general case management to residents which includes intake, assessment, education, and referral of residents to service providers in the local community.

Resident Engagement: Grantees must find creative ways to continuously engage residents in activities that builds the resident capacity to become resident leaders and to champion projects that address the needs of the community.

Evaluation: Grantees must monitor and evaluate the progress of participants and the overall success of the program.

Area of Need:

Applicants will choose the areas of need below that the ROSS-SC will focus their efforts. The area(s) of need selected by the applicant must be supported by the resident need assessment.

-Financial Literacy
-Health and Wellness
-Elderly and Disabled
-Substance Abuse

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.

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 FY18 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.

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GrantWatch ID#: 183861

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

HUD expects to make approximately 110 awards from the funds available under this NOFA. The chart below identifies the total funding available in the three most recent funding cycles and awards based on the funding category.

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Minimum Award Amount: $0 Per Project Period
-Maximum Award Amount: $685,125 Per Project Period

You must base your request for ROSS-SCs on the number of occupied ACC/NAHASDA- assisted units in the PHA's/tribe's/TDHE's portfolio as of September 30, 2017. All applicants must have a minimum of 50 units to be eligible for ROSS-SC funding.

-Number of PHA/tribe/TDHE Units: 50-1,000
-Max # of ROSS-SCs: 1
-Max Grant: $239,250

-Number of PHA/tribe/TDHE Units: 1,001-2,500
-Max # of ROSS-SCs: 2
-Max Grant: $478,500

-Number of PHA/tribe/TDHE Units: 2,501 or more
-Max # of ROSS-SCs: 3
-Max Grant: $717,750

Term of Contract:

The estimated project start date is 1/01/2019. The estimated project end date is 12/31/2021.

The grant covers a 36-month project period with three 12-month budget periods

Grant Extensions: Requests to extend the grant term beyond 36 months must be submitted in writing to the local HUD Field Office or area ONAP at least 60 days prior to the end of the grant term. Denials of extension requests are reserved for HUD Headquarters. Please note that grantees who receive extensions may receive unfavorable evaluations as part of reviews of future ROSS applications. Grant extensions may also affect future award amounts. Requests for grant extensions will be examined closely and are highly discouraged.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following entities are eligible to apply for FY18 ROSS-SC Funding:
-Indian tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities, as defined in sections 4(13) and 4(22), respectively, of the Native American Housing and Self-Determination Act of 1996.
-Public Housing Agencies (PHAs)
-Nonprofits, including Resident Associations (RAs), having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
-Nonprofits, including Resident Associations (RAs), locally incorporated without 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education

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:

Pre-Application Information:

This Program requires cost sharing, matching or leveraging. The required match is 25 percent of total requested ROSS funds.

Applicants must be registered with SAM before submitting their application. In addition, applicants must maintain an active SAM registration with current information while they have an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by HUD.

Applicants must provide a valid DUNS number, registered and active at SAM, in the application.

Anyone planning to submit applications on behalf of an organization must register
at and be approved by the EBiz Point of Contact in SAM to submit applications for the organization.

Registration for SAM and 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 submit an application through

The application deadline is 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern time on 07/30/2018. Applications must be received no later than the deadline.

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