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

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Tribes, Resident Associations, and Agencies
to Achieve Economic Independence 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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10/15/19 11:59 PM ET Receipt


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, Tribes, resident associations, and public housing agencies to achieve economic stability and independence for public and indigenous housing residents. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support the services of coordinators who will assist residents in areas such as education, health, financial literacy, and employment.

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.

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 this continuum. In the case of elderly/disabled residents, the Service Coordinator links them to supportive services which enables them to age or remain in place.

This place-based program targets the entire resident community in the project(s) to be served and aims to address the areas of need at 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 are making progress towards achieving self-sufficiency. Core functions of the program grantees are to provide resident needs assessment, coordination with local service providers, case management/coaching, resident engagement, and evaluation. For further details on these core functions, see

Each applicant may select three of the following areas of need to be addressed: Education, financial literacy, health and wellness, elderly and disabled, re-entry, employment, and substance abuse. (If an applicant selects health and wellness, reentry, or substance abuse, then the applicant must also select either education, employment, or financial literacy.) For further details about each of these areas of need, see:

ROSS-SC must also ensure that barriers beyond the areas of need are also being addressed. For details on these barriers and other areas of need, see:

ROSS-SC funds may be used for the coordinator's salary and fringe benefits, travel and training expenses, and administrative costs. For further details on eligible use of funds, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183861

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

HUD expects to make approximately 120 awards from the funds available under this NOFA.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Minimum Award Amount: $0 Per Project Period
- Maximum Award Amount: $717,750 Per Project Period

Requests for positions must be based on the number of occupied ACC/NAHASDA- assisted units in the PHA's/tribe's/TDHE's portfolio to be served by the ROSS-SC. All applicants must propose to serve a minimum of 50 units on the HUD-52768 (Part II) 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:

- Estimated Project Start Date: 02/03/2020
- Estimated Project End Date: 02/02/2023
- Length of Project Periods: 36-month project period with three 12-month budget periods

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:

- Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
- Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
- Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
- Nonprofits without 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
- Resident Associations (RAs) or non-profit applicants that are not RAs must have either locallyincorporated 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(12) of NAHASDA are eligible to apply for FY19 ROSS funding.
- Tribally designated housing entities (TDHEs) as defined in section 4(22) of NAHASDA (25U.S.C. 4103) are also eligible to apply for FY19 ROSS funding.

Two or more eligible organizations may collaborate to submit a joint application.

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 at

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 not a renewal or new applicant is ineligible for FY19 ROSS funding.

Individuals, foreign entities, and sole proprietorship organizations are not eligible to compete for, or receive, awards made under this announcement.

For-profit entities are not eligible to apply.

For Criteria for Beneficiaries and projects, see

For funding restrictions and ineligible activities/costs, see

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on 10/15/2019. Applications must be received no later than the deadline. HUD strongly recommends applications be submitted at least 48 hours before the deadline.

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 also 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.

For the maximum number of applications that may be submitted, see

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

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

For technical assistance, please contact the helpdesk at 1800-518-4726 or

Questions regarding the NOFA should be directed

Office of Public and Indian Housing
451 7th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20410
(800) 955-2232

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