Native American Report

Self-Sufficiency the Goal of Public, Indian Housing Grants

  • Program: Public and Indian Housing Family Self-Sufficiency (CFDA 14.877) under the Resident Self-Sufficiency Opportunity Program.
  • Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Funding: 240 grants, totaling $15 million; annual grants range from $34,000 to $69,000. HUD expects to receive roughly 300-320 applications. Grants may last for up to 3 years.
  • Eligibility: Tribes/tribally designated housing entities either currently administering public housing FSS programs or already having HUD approval of their FSS action plan (applicants must already have an approved action plan on file with the local HUD field Office).
  • Deadline: May 30. 

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.

Info: Dina Lehmann-Kim, 202/402-2430;; RFP;

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