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Content provided by the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
14.870 Resident Opportunity and Supportive Services

FEDERAL AGENCY:

PUBLIC AND INDIAN HOUSING, DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

AUTHORIZATION:

Department of Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act.
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To programmatically address the needs of public housing residents by providing supportive services, resident empowerment activities and/or assisting residents in becoming economically self- sufficient. The primary focus of the program is on "welfare to work" and on independent living for the elderly and persons with disabilities.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Project Grants.
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

Grant funds may be used for both economic development and supportive services activities, organizational development, mediation, including the employment of service coordinators/case managers.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:   Public and Indian Housing (PHAs/IHAs), and Tribally Designated Housing entities (TDHEs), resident management corporations, resident councils or resident organizations (including nonprofit entities supported by residents) must establish partnerships to leverage resources with other Federal and nonfederal entities.

Beneficiary Eligibility:   Families as well as elderly/persons with disabilities who are residents of conventional public or Indian housing are eligible to receive benefits from the ROSS program.

Credentials/Documentation:   None.

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APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination:   This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure:   An application package prescribing the specific information to be submitted will be made available through HUD Headquarters and its field offices. HUD provides the application and standard forms for this program.

Award Procedure:   HUD will review, rate and rank those applications in accordance with selection criteria in the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) published in the Federal Register. Awards will be made in rank order until all funds are expended.

Deadlines:   The NOFA will announce the deadline for application submission.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:   Processing of applications and selection of successful applicants will be undertaken by HUD. HUD will make final selection and obligate funds.

Appeals:   None.

Renewals:   Not applicable.

ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:   All applicants must present evidence of matching funds, as specified in the NOFA.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:   HUD will provide assistance for a 2-year time period.

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:   Grantees must keep records and make available semi- annual reports as specified by HUD.

Audits:   Grantees must adhere to the policies, guidelines and requirements of 24 CFR Part 84 or 85 and OMB Circular No. A-87; and OMB Circular Nos. A-110 and A-122 apply to the acceptance and use of assistance by private nonprofit agencies.

Records:   Records will be retained in accordance with the HUD regulation, 24 CFR Part 84 or 85.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification:   86-0162-0-1-451.

Obligations:   (Grants) FY 01 $108,277,891; FY 02 est $55,000,000; and FY 03 est $0.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  
Average $360,000.

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PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
Approximately 323 grants are awarded annually.

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

HUD appropriation statutes and the specific fiscal year NOFA published in the Federal Register provide program requirements and guidelines.

INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:   None. Designated persons in the Offices of Public Housing and Native American Programs listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office:   Anice Schervish, 451 7th Street, SW, Room 4130, Washington, District of Columbia 20410 Email: anice.m.schervish@hud.gov Phone: (202) 402-2341.

Web Site Address:  
http://www.hud.gov/offices/pih/programs/ph/ross/

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

Not applicable.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

The criteria for selecting proposals will be listed in the NOFA.

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