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 through a NOFO to eligible applicants to hire a service coordinator who assesses the needs of residents, provides case management, and links residents 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 to ROSS participants where necessary to further support the work of the ROSS-SC and ultimately, the attainment of self-sufficiency goals of ROSS participants.
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. Resident participation with supportive services is voluntary and cannot be a condition of housing. The ROSS-SC must work with residents, Public Housing Agency (PHA) staff, Multifamily Owners, tribal government and housing staff, local partners, Resident Associations (RA), 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.
For more information about the program, including Core Functions, see https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/CFO/images/Resident_Opportunity_and_Self-Sufficiency_Service_Coordinator_Program-FY2023_FR-6700-N-05.pdf#page=4.
ROSS-SC funds may only be used for the coordinator's salary and fringe benefits; travel and training expenses; and limited administrative costs including, costs for direct services or for subcontracting for direct services.
Areas of Need: Using the HUD-52768, each applicant may select three areas of need they will address. For information about Areas of Need, see https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/CFO/images/Resident_Opportunity_and_Self-Sufficiency_Service_Coordinator_Program-FY2023_FR-6700-N-05.pdf#page=36.
For a list of allowable program costs, see https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/CFO/images/Resident_Opportunity_and_Self-Sufficiency_Service_Coordinator_Program-FY2023_FR-6700-N-05.pdf#page=55.
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