The Basics: Grants promote development of strategies to coordinate public housing with other services to help participating families increase income and financial literacy, reduce or eliminate the need for welfare assistance, and make progress toward economic independence and self-sufficiency. Specifically, funds may support a full-time or even part-time coordinator in charge of developing and organizing these self-sufficiency activities.
There's a strong emphasis not only on services, but also on outcomes.—e.g., the number of FSS families who, as a result of participation in the program, have family members who obtain their first job, or who obtain higher paying jobs; no longer need benefits received under one or more welfare programs; obtain a high school diploma or higher education degree; or accomplish similar goals that will assist the family in reaching economic independence.
Inside Information: There is some tweaking of the program to coordinate the number of coordinator slots supported and funding awarded; but aware HUD has been looking for all ROSS grantees to demonstrate the the ability find other sources of funding and support, as well as their past performance in similar programs. Both new applicants and renewal applications (from 2009-11 grantees) may apply.
This is not a program that has been kind to Native applicants, with only a few receiving funds in the past.