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Resident Opportunity and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) Service Coordinators Program

 
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    CFDA#

    14.870
     

    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    C - Funds little to no technology

    Authority

    Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

    Summary

    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 individuals 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.

    In FY2019, Core Functions of ROSS-SC Program include:

    • 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.

    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 coordinators salary and fringe benefits, travel and training expenses, and administrative costs.

     

    History of Funding

    Previous years of funding can be found here: https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/spm/gmomgmt/grantsinfo/fundingopps/fy19_ross.

    Additional Information

    Grant funds may not be used for ineligible activities.
    • Funds may not be used for any activities other than the salary and fringe benefits of ROSS-SCs and related administrative, training, and associated travel activities.
    • Funds under this program may not be used to pay the salary of an FSS coordinator for the Housing Choice Voucher FSS, Public Housing FSS, or the newly combined FSS program. The funding for FSS program coordinators will be made available through a separate NOFA.
    • If, upon review, the Field Office or Area ONAP finds that funds have been used for ineligible activities, the grantee will be required to repay those funds, and the remaining grant funds may be recaptured.
    • ROSS funds cannot be used to hire or pay for the services of a Contract Administrator.
    • Administrative funds may only be used to support the ROSS program. A grantees Central
    • Office Cost Center may not use ROSS administrative funds to cover other grantee costs.
    For-profit entities are not eligible to apply.

    Contacts

    HUD Staff

    HUD Staff
    451 7th Street SW
    Washington, 20410
    (202) 708-1112
     

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are: (1) Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities; (2) Nonprofit agencies; (3) Native American tribes; or (4) Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs). NOTE: Resident associations must have either locally-incorporated nonprofit status (usually designated by the state or tribal government) or 501(c)(3) nonprofit status designated by the IRS.

    Deadline Details

    Applications were to be submitted by October 15, 2019.

    Award Details

    Up to $35,000,000 was available in FY2019 for an anticipated 120 awards of up to $717,750 each. Cost sharing/matching of 25% is required. Project periods will extend up to 36-months.

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