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Deadline: September 15, 2017

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: Family Self-Sufficiency Program

The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program supports the Housing and Urban Development Department’s (HUD’s) strategic goal of utilizing housing as a platform for improving quality of life by helping HUD-assisted renters increase their economic security and self-sufficiency. The purpose of the FSS program is to promote the development of local strategies to coordinate the use of assistance under the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) and Public Housing (PH) programs with public and private resources to enable participating families to increase earned income and financial literacy, reduce or eliminate the need for welfare assistance, and make progress toward economic independence and self-sufficiency.

Funding may be used to pay the salary and fringe benefits of FSS program coordinators. An FSS Program Coordinator must:

  1. Build partnerships with employers and service providers in the community and work with the Program Coordinating Committee (PCC) and with such local service providers to ensure that FSS program participants are linked to the supportive services they need to achieve self-sufficiency, including services for participants with limited English proficiency.
  2. Ensure that an Individual Training and Services Plan is prepared for the head of the FSS family and each adult member of the FSS family who elects to participate in the FSS program.
  3. Ensure that the services included in the participants’ contracts of participation are provided on a regular, ongoing and satisfactory basis; participants are fulfilling their responsibilities under the contracts; and FSS escrow accounts are established and properly maintained for eligible families. FSS coordinators may also perform job development functions (e.g., outreach to potential employers) for the FSS program.
  4. Monitor the progress of participants and evaluate the overall success of the program.

FSS coordinators are encouraged to ensure that participants have greater access to financial education/literacy/empowerment/coaching programs that will help them acquire the knowledge and skills to make informed and effective decisions that ultimately help them reach their goals, and achieve self-sufficiency and financial stability. This includes partnering with organizations that can conduct financial education workshops that cover topics such as credit, debt, savings, budgeting, asset building and banking services; and/or organizations that can provide financial coaching.

Amount: $75,000,000 is available for approximately 700 awards. The maximum award amount per coordinator is $72,000.

Eligibility: Public Housing Authorities (PHAs, including MTW PHAs) and Indian tribes/Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) currently administering an FSS program, that have served at least the minimum number of families and have met all other funding requirements. The minimum number of families is determined by formula as follows: 15-24 families will support one part-time position, 25 families will support one full-time position, and an additional 50 families will support each additional position beyond the first full-time position.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=296505

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