Resident Opportunity and Supportive Services Elderly and Persons with Disabilities

To programmatically address the needs of public housing residents by providing supportive services, resident empowerment activities and/or assisting residents in becoming economically self- sufficient.

The primary focus of the program is on independent living and "aging in place."

Agency - Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Department of Housing and Urban Development's mission is to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination. HUD fulfills this mission through high ethical standards, management and accountability, and by forming partnerships with community organizations.

Office - Designated persons in the Offices of Public Housing and Native American Programs listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Program Accomplishments

Approximately 300 grants are awarded annually for all ROSS programs. For FY 08 and forward, ROSS Family and ROSS Elderly have been combined to ROSS Service Coordinators.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grant funds may be used for supportive services activities, including the employment of project coordinators and/or direct services staff.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Public Housing Authorities(PHAs), Tribes and tribally designated housing entities (TDHEs), resident councils and nonprofit entities supported by residents.

Applicants must establish partnerships to leverage resources.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Elderly/persons with disabilities who are residents of conventional public or Indian housing are eligible to receive benefits from the ROSS program.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

A Notice of Funding Availability prescribing the specific information to be submitted will be published in the Federal Register by HUD Headquarters. HUD provides the application and standard forms for this program.

Award Procedures

HUD will review, rate and rank those applications in accordance with selection criteria in the NOFA published in the Federal Register. Awards will be made in rank order in each of the ten federal regions until all funds are expended.


The NOFA will announce the deadline for application submission.


Section 34 of the 1937 Act (42 U.S.C 1437z-6), as amended by the FY 2007 HUD Appropriations Act.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Processing of applications and selection of successful applicants will be undertaken by HUD. HUD will make final selection and obligate funds.


There is no appeals process. Applicants whose applications did not receive funding may request a debriefing. Further information is included in the NOFA.



Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

All applicants must present evidence of matching funds, as specified in the NOFA.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

HUD will provide assistance for a 3-year time period.

Post Assistance Requirements


Grantees must keep records and make available semi-annual reports as specified by HUD.


Grantees must adhere to the policies, guidelines and requirements of 24 CFR Part 84 or 85 and OMB Circular No. A-87; and OMB Circular Nos. A-110 and A-122 apply to the acceptance and use of assistance by private nonprofit agencies.


Records will be retained in accordance with the HUD regulation, 24 CFR Part 84 or 85.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $50,000,000; FY 08 est reported under 14.870; and FY 09 est reported under 14.870.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

HUD appropriation statutes and the specific fiscal year NOFA published in the Federal Register provide program requirements and guidelines.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Designated persons in the Offices of Public Housing and Native American Programs listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Ron Ashford, Director, HOPE VI Community and Supportive Services, Telephone: (202) 401-8812 Ext. 4258.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The criteria for selecting proposals will be listed in the NOFA.

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