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Jobs Plus Initiative


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Application Deadline: Mar 12, 2024


Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH)


Awards grant funding to public housing authorities (PHAs) to implement locally based employment programs for public housing residents. Provides a financial incentive and a wide range of employment, education, and support services designed to increase self-sufficiency, economic and housing stability. Seeks to encourage and support resident employment and create stronger, more cohesive communities for individuals and families living in public housing.

Jobs Plus initiatives must include 3 core program components:

  1. Employment-related services that are responsive to resident needs as well as local trends and conditions. On-site services include but are not limited to:
    • Career exploration and job readiness workshops
    • Job search and job placement assistance
    • Entrepreneurship workshops
    • Work experience such as on-the-job training, internships, pre-apprenticeships, registered apprenticeships
    • Facilitated connections to education and training opportunities
    • Rapid re-employment after a job loss
    • Proactive post-placement support, such as job retention and career advancement coaching
    • Technology training and access to computers, phones, fax, copy machines, supplies for employment-related activities
    • Childcare
  2. Jobs Plus Earned Income Disregard (JPEID) financial incentive offered to participants in order to offset rent increases that may occur due to a rise in earned income. JPEID excludes 100% of a participant's incremental earned income from the Family Rent calculation for up to 48 months.
  3. Community support for work (CSW) activities that engage the entire public housing community and foster an environment that is supportive of and complementary to direct employment-related program services. CSW may include structured as well as non-traditional activities to build trust and strengthen a culture of employment, such as social activities, the use of community coaches, and informal types of assistance and mutual aid among residents.

In addition, grantees are required to establish partnerships with Workforce Development Boards, American Job Centers, local social service agencies, educational institutions, and job/vocational training organizations. Programs may also work with agencies and organizations to provide services necessary to support employment, including but not limited to:

  • Childcare services and afterschool programs
  • Transportation assistance
  • Financial literacy workshops
  • Legal services
  • Domestic violence prevention services
  • Services for formerly incarcerated, returning, and reentering individuals
  • Life skills
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)
  • Other appropriate local business support

Amount of Funding

Award amounts are based on the number of non-elderly households in the public housing development served by the program. Maximum award amounts are as follows:

  • $1,600,000 for housing projects with 100-199 non-elderly households
  • $2,300,000 for housing projects with 200-399 non-elderly households
  • $3,000,000 for housing projects with 400-599 non-elderly households
  • $3,700,000 for housing projects with more than 600 non-elderly households

Project period: 54 months
Estimated number of awards: 16
Estimated total program funding: $22,500,000

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.

Who Can Apply

Eligibility is limited to public housing authorities (PHAs) that operate 1 or more public housing projects and meet the following criteria:

  • Have a minimum project size of 100 households in which at least 1 resident is less than 65 years old
  • Have at least 40% of households, excluding elderly households, that report no earned income in the Public and Indian Housing Information Center (PIC).
  • Serve a public housing project that is singular. Projects with multiple sites that are contiguous, adjacent, non-adjacent, or scattered may be eligible if each site is located within 1 mile of the Jobs Plus center

A list of eligible public housing projects can be found in Appendix B of the funding announcement. Projects not listed in Appendix B may request a review of eligibility if they believe a combination of projects will meet eligibility requirements.

PHAs that received a Jobs Plus grant award in fiscal year (FY) 2020-2021 or FY 2022 are not eligible for this opportunity.

PHAs that received awards in FY 2014, FY 2015, FY 2016, FY 2017, FY 2018, or FY 2019 may submit applications for public housing projects that have not previously received Jobs Plus grant funding.

Federally recognized tribes and tribally designated housing entities are not eligible to apply for this opportunity.

Preference is given to projects located in a Promise Zone and to applicants that partner with a minority-serving institution (MSI).

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

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Equipment • New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other information about the online application process can be found in the funding announcement.

This FY 2023 funding opportunity has been re-opened to allow for more applications. Prospective applicants should consider the following:

  • New applicants that did not submit an application by the original August 21, 2023 deadline may apply.
  • Applicants that submitted applications by the original deadline are not required to submit another application.
  • Applicants that submitted applications by the original deadline may submit a new application if they want to make changes to their original application. Only the newest application will be evaluated.

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Topics This Program Addresses

Community Planning and Coalition Building • Education and Training • Employment • Housing and Homelessness • Social Services