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Resident Opportunity and Self-Sufficiency Program (ROSS)


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Notice of Funding Opportunity (


Application Deadline: Nov 19, 2020

Sponsoring Organization

Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH)


Offers grant funding to public and Indian housing authorities, and other eligible organizations to add a service coordinator position with the purpose of helping individuals and families in public housing achieve self-sufficiency. Service coordinators work directly with residents to assess needs and identify barriers to self-sufficiency. Service coordinators also works to link residents to training opportunities and services to support individuals in attaining educational, professional, health, and financial goals that can lead to greater economic and housing stability. Promotes self-sufficiency among elderly and disabled residents through services that create more opportunity for them to age in place and/or live independently.

Programs must choose to focus on at least one of the following areas of need:

  • Education
  • Elderly/disabled
  • Employment
  • Financial literacy
  • Health and wellness
  • Re-entry
  • Substance abuse

Required ROSS program activities include:

  • Conducting resident needs assessments to determine individual and community needs and identify barriers to achieving self-sufficiency
  • Coordinating with local service providers, public/Indian housing authority staff, and other community stakeholders to deliver services and ensure that services meet resident and community needs
  • Providing case management and coaching services to residents, including intake, assessment, education, and referral services
  • Engaging residents and resident associations in activities, including resident-led projects, that build organizational capacity and leadership to address community needs
  • Evaluating the progress of program participants and overall effectiveness of the program on a regular basis

Applicants may request up to 3 service coordinators per grant based on the number of public housing units served by the program and the applicant type.

Amount of Funding

Award amounts are based on the number of occupied Annual Contribution Contract/Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act (ACC/NAHASDA) -assisted units in housing developments served by the program. Maximum award amounts are as follows:

  • $239,250 for programs serving 50-1,000 units
  • $478,500 for programs serving 1,001-2,500 units
  • $717,750 for programs serving more than 2,500 units

Award floor: $100,000
Project period: 36 months
Estimated number of awards: 120
Estimated total program funding: $35,000,000

Applicants must provide matching funds for 25% of the project costs. Matching funds can be cash and/or in-kind contributions and may be from non-federal or other federal sources.

For this opportunity, 25% of the total program funding is set aside for resident association applicants.

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants include:

  • Federally recognized Native American tribal governments
  • Public housing authorities
  • Indian housing authorities
  • Tribally designated housing entities (TDHE)
  • Nonprofit organizations, other than institutions of higher education
  • Resident associations, including resident management corporations, resident councils, and intermediary residents

Applicants must have a minimum of 50 ACC/NAHASDA housing units in order to be eligible. All resident association and nonprofit applicants must have either locally incorporated nonprofit status or 501(c)(3) status designated by the IRS.

Preference is given to projects located in a Qualified Opportunity Zone.

Additional eligibility information, including threshold eligibility requirements, can be found in the program guidance.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other information about the application process are available in the funding announcement.

Applicant webinar recording
Applicant frequently asked questions


For programmatic or technical questions:
TTY at 800-877-8339

Rural Awards

Past awards communities have received are described on the program website.

Rural communities who have received funding include:

  • Palatka Housing Authority in Florida
  • Housing Authority of Floyd County in Kentucky
  • Laurel Housing Authority Beacon Homes in Mississippi
  • Sisseton Wahpeton Housing Authority in South Dakota
  • Crossville Housing Development Corporation in Tennessee

Topics This Program Addresses

American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians • Community Planning and Coalition Building • Education and Training • Elderly People • Employment • Health and Wellness • Housing and Homelessness • Mental Health • People with Disabilities • Substance Use Disorder