Family Self-Sufficiency Program


To promote the development of local strategies to coordinate the use of assistance under the Housing Choice Voucher and Public Housing programs with public and private resources to enable participating families to increase earned income and financial literacy, reduce or eliminate the need for welfare assistance, and make progress toward economic independence and self-sufficiency.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
Office: Office of Public and Indian Housing
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: The program provided assistance to 69,000 families. Fiscal Year 2015: The program anticipates to provide assistance to 69,000 families. Fiscal Year 2016: The program anticipates to provide assistance to 80,000 families.
Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, Public Law 113-76; Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act, Public Law 101-625, 42 U.S.C 1437u.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants are public housing agencies (PHAs) and tribes/Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs).
Beneficiary Eligibility
Individuals and families who are participants in the Housing Choice Voucher program or Public Housing program are eligible to receive benefits from the FSS program.
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. A Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) prescribing the specific information to be submitted will be posted on by HUD Headquarters. HUD provides the application and standard forms for this program.
Award Procedure
HUD will review those applications in accordance with the NOFA posted on
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. HUD will undertake processing of applications and selection of successful applicants. HUD will make final selection and obligate funds.
There is no appeals process. Applicants whose applications did not receive funding may request a debriefing. Further information is included in the NOFA.
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
The criteria for selecting proposals will be listed in the NOFA.
How may assistance be used?
Funds awarded to public housing agencies (PHAs) or tribes/Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) may only be used to pay the annual salary and fringe benefits of FSS program coordinators. Only participants in the Housing Choice Voucher program or Public Housing program may benefit from this program.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Grantees must keep program records and submit annual reports as specified by HUD. No cash reports are required. Grantees must keep progress reports and submit annual reports as specified by HUD. Grantees must keep expenditure reports and submit annual reports as specified by HUD. Grantees must submit annual reports as specified by HUD.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
No Data Available.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title 24, Part 984. All recipients of FSS funding must administer the FSS program in accordance with HUD regulations and requirements in 24 CFR part 984, and must comply with Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher requirements, notices, and guidebooks, as applicable.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
HUD will provide assistance for a 1-year time period. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Grant agreements are executed and funds are made available through HUD's financial system.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None. Designated personal in the offices of Public Housing and Native American Programs listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Headquarters Office
Anice Chenault 451 7th Street SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20410 Email: Phone: 202-402-2341
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
86-0350-0-1-604; 86-0302-0-1-604.
(Project Grants) FY 14 $75,000,000; FY 15 est $75,000,000; and FY 16 est $85,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$7,000 - $1,300,000; Average $105,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
HUD appropriation statutes, and the specific fiscal year NOFA posted in provide program requirements and guidelines. See also 24 CFR 984.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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