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Grants to USA Nonprofits, Tribes, and Housing Authorities to Improve Economic Independence for Public Housing Residents

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


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Funding Source
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
CFDA Number: 14.870
Funding or PIN Number: FR-6700-N-05
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Important Dates
Deadline: 12/18/23 11:59 PM Eastern Time Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, resident associations, tribes, and housing authorities to help public and indigenous housing residents achieve economic stability and independence. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take four weeks or longer to complete. The goals of the grant program are to fortify support for underserved communities and support equitable community development for all people, as well as to promote equitable community development that generates wealth-building for underserved communities, particularly for communities of color.

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

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

For a list of allowable program costs, see


  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

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)
- Others

Additional Information on Eligibility:
• Resident Associations (RAs) are eligible to apply. RAs must have either locally incorporated nonprofit status (usually designated by the state) or 501(c)(3) nonprofit status designated by the IRS.
• Multifamily Owners are eligible to apply. Multifamily Owners that are applying to serve RAD PBRA residents must be the entity that has the legal right to lease dwelling units in the PBRA project(s) to be served.
• Indian Tribes as defined in Section 4(13) of NAHASDA (25 U.S.C. 4103) are eligible to apply.
• Tribally-Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) as defined in section 4(22) of NAHASDA (25 U.S.C. 4103) are also eligible to apply for FY23 ROSS funding. Tribes are reminded that the number of ROSS-SC positions they are eligible to apply for is based on the number of occupied units in projects to be served that receive NAHASDA rental assistance as of the application deadline.

Faith-based organizations may apply for this award on the same basis as any other organization, as set forth at 24 CFR 5.109.

Under this NOFO, PHAs and Multi-Family Owners may apply to serve residents of a project with assistance converted from public housing to RAD PBV or RAD PBRA, respectively, if the public housing project was previously included in properties served by a prior ROSS grant.

- PHA affiliates or instrumentalities, as defined in PIH Notice 2011-47 (extending PIH Notice 2007-15), that are not applying as a Multifamily Owner and therefore applying to serve public housing residents are
ineligible for funds under this NOFO if (1) the PHA they intend to serve is also applying to serve public housing residents or (2) would not be an eligible applicant either because the PHA has a current ROSS grant (funded under the FY21 or FY22 NOFO competition) to serve public housing residents or (3) because the PHA has a high unexpended balance of a prior ROSS award.
- PHAs are ineligible for funds under this NOFO if their PHA affiliate or instrumentality is (1) applying for funds to serve public housing residents or (2) would not be an eligible applicant because the PHA affiliate or instrumentality has a current ROSS grant (funded under the FY21 and FY22 NOFO competition) to serve public housing residents or (3) because the PHA affiliate has a high unexpended balance of a prior ROSS award.
- A faith-based organization may not use direct financial assistance from HUD to support or engage in any explicitly religious activities except where consistent with the Establishment Clause and any other applicable requirements. Such an organization also may not, in providing services funded by HUD, discriminate against a beneficiary or prospective program beneficiary on the basis of religion, religious belief, a refusal to hold a religious belief, or a refusal to attend or participate in a religious practice.
- Any applicant that is not a Public Housing Authority, tribe/TDHE, RA, Multifamily Owner, or non-profit organization (including PHA affiliates/instrumentalities) and/or that does not meet
eligibility requirements under this NOFO is ineligible for ROSS funding. This includes any entity that was awarded under the FY21 and FY22 ROSS NOFO competition.
- Individuals are not eligible to apply

For information about ineligibility due to unresolved civil rights matters, see

Ineligible Activities/Costs. Grant funds may not be used for ineligible activities.
a. Funds may not be used for any activities other than the salary and fringe benefits of ROSS-SCs, related administrative costs, direct services, and the training and travel activities for the ROSS-SC.
b. Funds under this NOFO may not be used to pay the salary of a Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) coordinator for any FSS program. The funding for FSS program coordinators is made available through a separate NOFO.
c. If, upon review, HUD determines 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.
d. ROSS funds cannot be used to hire or pay for the services of a Contract Administrator.
e. Administrative funds may only be used to support the ROSS program. A grantee’s Central Office Cost Center may not use ROSS administrative funds to cover other grantee costs.

Pre-Application Information
The application deadline is 11:59:59 PM Eastern time on 12/18/2023.

HUD strongly recommends you submit your applications at least 48 hours before the deadline and during regular business hours to allow enough time to correct errors or overcome other problems.

The ROSS-SC program is a cost-reimbursable grant which means that costs are reimbursed by HUD after they are incurred.

All applicants are required to have in place a firmly committed match contribution equivalent to 25 percent of the total grant amount requested in order to be considered for funding.

Two or more eligible organizations may collaborate to submit a joint application for proposed grant activities.

You must register with submitting their application. You must maintain current information in SAM on immediate and highest-level owner and subsidiaries, as well as on all predecessors that have been awarded a federal contract or grant within the last three years, if applicable. Information in SAM must be current for all times during which you have an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by HUD.

Applicants must provide a valid UEI, registered and active at in the application.

Anyone planning to submit applications on behalf of an organization must register at and be approved by the E-Biz POC 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.

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NOFO Webinar Link:

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
HUD expects to make approximately 130 awards from the funds available under this NOFO.

Estimated Size of Grant
Award Ceiling: $816,750

- 50-1,000 Occupied Units: $272,250
- 1,001-2,500 Occupied Units: $544,500
- 2,501 or more Occupied Units: $816,750

- This program will fund up to $80,000 in combined annual salary and fringe
benefits, meeting the requirements of 2 CFR 200.431, for each eligible full time ROSS-SC position.
- This program will cover up to $2,500 per year per ROSS-SC position for
pertinent training and associated travel. Training and Travel funds are allocated to support the training and related travel needs of the ROSS-SC staff person. All training and associated travel must be pre-approved by the local HUD Field Office or Area ONAP.
- The maximum funding for administrative costs will be no greater than 10 percent of the requested salary/fringe, training/travel per ROSS-SC
position, and direct service amounts.

Term of Contract
- Estimated Project Start Date: 08/01/2024
- Estimated Project End Date: 05/31/2027
- Length of Project Periods: 36-month project period and budget period

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 and the ROSS program office at least 90 days prior to the end of the grant term. Denials of extension requests are reserved for HUD Headquarters. Note: 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.

Contact Information
Questions regarding specific program requirements for this NOFO should be directed to Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, or who have speech and other communication disabilities may use a relay service to reach the agency contact.

U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Development
451 7th Street, S.W., Washington, DC 20410
T: 202-708-1112
TTY: 202-708-1455

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