Jobs Plus Initiative

This Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) announces the availability of funding of approximately $15 million for the Jobs Plus program for Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) to develop locally-based approaches to increase earnings and advance employment outcomes for Public Housing residents.


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NOFA will fund initiatives to improve employment and earnings outcomes for Public Housing residents through supports such as work readiness, employer linkages, job placement and financial literacy.

To help applicants with the electronic application registration and submission process, the Department advises applicants to use the checklists, user guides, and other help features located at and websites.

Both websites provide access to instructions and answers to frequently asked questions which are updated periodically.
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Jobs-Plus Pilot Initiative

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development

Office: None

Estimated Funding: $15,000,000

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Conditions for Eligibility of Public Housing Authorities Eligible applicants are PHAs that operate one or more public housing developments (as designated for asset management purposes) that meet the criteria outlined in this NOFA.

A list of developments that meet the criteria is provided in Appendix B however, the mere appearance of a development on this list does not necessarily mean that the development is appropriate for a Jobs Plus program.

Federally designated tribes and tribally designated housing entities (TDHEs) are not eligible entities under this award.

PHAs that received a Jobs Plus program grant in 2014 or 2015 are not eligible for 2016 grant funds.

If a PHA is a successful applicant for Jobs Plus funds, the PHA will be required to implement the full 48 month term of the grant at the public housing site(s) for which funds were awarded and commit to not engaging in any significant redevelopment that would result in resident relocation during the 48-month Jobs Plus implementation timeframe.

Notwithstanding the above, conversion of public housing assistance to a project-based section 8 contract under the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) will not itself cause the termination of Jobs Plus funds.

Grantees that convert the Jobs Plus target projects(s) under RAD will be able to finish out their Jobs Plus period of performance at the subject site as long as the conversion does not entail significant relocation or result in a substantial change in building occupancy.

Criteria for Eligible Developments Size: Minimum development size of 200 non-elderly-only households.

Non-elderly-only means households where at least one resident is under age 62.

Unemployment: At least 50 percent of the households (excluding elderly-only households) contain no member showing earned income in PIC.

Place: Because Jobs Plus is a place-based program, units to be served must be contiguous unless good cause can be shown that the program will be successful in non-contiguous developments.

A detailed description as to how the program will be run from one central location and remain accessible to all residents of non-contiguous developments will be required in the rating factors.

This requirement may disqualify developments on the Eligible Development list if the Asset Management Project (AMP) is for scattered sites.

Only public housing development PHA residents are eligible to be served by the funding.

Performance: Developments that belong to a non-performing PHA

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