Family Self-Sufficiency Program - Renewal

This Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) announces the availability of funding for salaries of program coordinators for the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program.

Program Overview:
The FSS program supports


the Department's strategic goal of utilizing housing as a platform for improving quality of life by helping HUD-assisted renters increase their economic security and self-sufficiency.

The purpose of the FSS program is to promote the development of local strategies to coordinate the use of assistance under the HCV and PH programs with public and private resources to enable participating families to increase earned income and financial literacy, reduce or eliminate the need for welfare assistance, and make progress toward economic independence and self-sufficiency.

PHAs that administer FSS programs enter into five-year contracts with new families on an ongoing basis.

The FSS contract spells out the terms and conditions governing participation and the responsibilities of both the PHA and the family.

PHAs are not permitted to limit FSS participation to those families most likely to succeed because of current education level or job history.

Program Framework:
PHAs work in collaboration with a Program Coordinating Committee (PCC) to secure commitments of public and private resources for the operation of the FSS program, to develop the PHA's FSS Action Plan (the FSS policy framework), and to implement the program.

Once an eligible family is selected to participate in the program, the PHA, and the head of each participating family execute a FSS Contract of Participation that specifies the rights and responsibilities of both parties.

The term of the FSS contract is generally 5 years, but it may be extended for another 2 years by the PHA for good cause.

The FSS contract also incorporates the family's individual training and services plan (ITSP).

The ITSP is the document that records the plan for the family.

That is, the series of intermediate and long-term goals and the steps the family needs to take and the services and resources they may need to access to achieve those goals.
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Family Self-Sufficiency Program

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development

Office: Department of Housing and Urban Development

Estimated Funding: $80,000,000

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Additional Information of Eligibility:

Eligible applicants.

PHAs (including MTW PHAs) currently administering an FSS program that have served at least the minimum number of families required by this NOFA (as described in Section III.E.3.

below; "Eligibility Requirement: Number of FSS Families Served") and have met all other funding requirements.

Due to the level of funding under this NOFA, applicants will only be eligible for funding if they meet one of the following criteria: the applicant was funded under any of the FY 2016, FY 2017, and/or FY 2018 FSS NOFAs; or the applicant received an FSS program through a transfer or consolidation from a PHA that was funded under the FY 2016, FY 2017, or FY 2018 NOFA.


Mandatory FSS Training.

All PHAs must complete the HUD developed Online Training and Guidebook on the FSS program that provides guidance on how to develop and administer a successful FSS program.

At least one person from each PHA must complete the FSS online training and submit the "get credit" form.

HUD will pull a list of all individuals that have received credit for completing the training from HUD Exchange at the time of grant award.

If a PHA is not on the list generated from HUD Exchange at the time of grant award, all grant funds for that PHA will be held by the Field Office until proof of course completion is submitted to the Field Office.

If a PHA has completed the training prior to the FY18 awards, they are considered eligible under this FY19 NOFA.


Request for Review of Eligibility.

In advance of submitting this grant application, applicants who are not listed in Appendix C, but who believe they meet the eligibility criteria in the Section above (Section III.A.1 of this NOFA) must submit a Request for Review of Eligibility via email to

The subject line should be "2019 Review of FSS Eligibility." The email must include the applicant's name, PHA number (in the format found in Appendix C), and a brief explanation of why the applicant believes they are eligible.

HUD will review and respond within five working days of receipt of the request.

That response will be an eligibility approval, eligibility disapproval, or a request for more information.

If more information is requested, HUD will respond within five working days upon receipt of the additional information.

All initial Requests for Review of Eligibility must be received no later than 20 calendar days prior to the due date of this NOFA.

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

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