2021 Family Self-Sufficiency – Renewal NOFO

The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program supports the Department’s strategic goal of increasing economic opportunity for HUD-assisted families.

FSS provides grants to Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) to support the salaries and training needs of FSS Program Coordinators who assist participating


families receiving housing assistance through the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV/PBV) and Public Housing (PH) programs.

FSS Program Coordinators develop local strategies to connect participating families to public and private resources to increase their earned income and financial empowerment, reduce or eliminate the need for welfare assistance, and make progress toward economic independence and self-sufficiency.

PHAs and each individual participating family execute a five-year Contract of Participation that incorporates the responsibilities of each party, as well as a training and services plan to help the family become more self-sufficient.

PHAs are not permitted to limit FSS participation to those families most likely to succeed.

On May 24, 2018, The Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act became Public Law No:
115-17 4. Section 306 of the Act amended the United States Housing Act of 1937 to revise the FSS program.

The Act specifically changes program requirements related to program eligibility, escrow deposits, and supportive services; allows the Secretary to establish a funding formula; and extends eligibility for grant awards to private owners of project-based rental assistance (PBRA) properties.

The changes to the FSS program are not in effect until HUD issues implementing regulations.
Related Programs

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: $105,000,000

Who's Eligible

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Eligible Applicants.

PHAs (including MTW PHAs) currently administering an FSS program that have met all funding requirements outlined in prior year Notice of Awards and Grant Agreements and the Terms and Conditions therein, see Appendix C.

Due to the level of funding under this NOFO, applicants will only be eligible for funding if they meet one of the following criteria: the applicant was funded under any of the FY 2018, FY 2019, and/or FY 2020 FSS NOFOs; or the applicant received an FSS program through a transfer or consolidation from a PHA that was funded under the FY 2018, FY 2019, or FY 2020 NOFO.

Please Note – PHAs that have repositioned all of their Public Housing stock in which FSS participants resided and do not serve HCV FSS participants are not eligible to apply for funding under this NOFO, as, when their current funding ends, they will no longer meet the definition of “currently administering an FSS program.” For example, your PHA has 60 PH units and no vouchers.

You have 18 FSS participants.

You reposition all the PH units were those 18 FSS participants live (for instance, you use RAD to convert all your family units to PBRA and all your FSS participants lived in family units.) Due to the RAD notice, you are able to continue using your FY20 FSS NOFO funding through 12/31/21.

However, you no longer have a PH FSS program and you do not serve HCV FSS participants.

After 12/31/21, your PHA will no longer administer an FSS program (even if you, as the PBRA owner, are serving those RAD-affected FSS participants).

Thus, you are not eligible for funding under this FY21 NOFO.


Mandatory FSS Training.

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

While we recommend that all FSS Coordinators take the training and familiarize themselves with the Guidebook, the requirement is that 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 you are not on the list generated at the time of grant award, all FSS grant funds for your PHA will be held by your Field Office until proof of course completion is submitted to your Field Office.

If you have completed the training prior to the FY2021 awards, you have satisfied the requirement under this FY2021 NOFO.

You are not required to submit documentation of compliance with this NOFO application.


Request for Review of Eligibility.

If you are not listed in Appendix C, but believe you meet the eligibility criteria or are listed incorrectly, you must submit a Request for Review of Eligibility via email to fss@hud.gov.

The subject line should be "2021 Review of FSS Eligibility – [PHA Name & Number].” HUD cannot guarantee the timely review of such requests if submitted less than one week prior to the application deadline.

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

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