Family Self-Sufficiency Program

The FSS program supports the Department's strategic goal of utilizing housing as a platform for improving quality of life by helping HUD-assisted renters increase their economic security and self-sufficiency.

The FSS program promotes the development of local strategies to coordinate the use


of assistance under the HCV and PH 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.

PHAs or tribes/Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) that administer FSS programs enter into five-year contracts with new families on an ongoing basis.

The FSS contract spells out the terms and conditions governing participation and the responsibilities of both the PHA (or tribe/TDHE) and the family.

PHAs are not permitted to limit FSS participation to those families most likely to succeed because of current education level or job history.

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Family Self-Sufficiency Program

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development


Estimated Funding: $75,000,000

Who's Eligible

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Eligible applicants.

PHAs (including MTW PHAs) and Indian tribes/TDHEs currently administering an FSS program, that have served at least the minimum number of families required by this NOFA (as described in Section III.E.3.

nd have met all other funding requirements.

Due to the level of funding under this NOFA, applicants will only be eligible for funding if they meet one of the following criteria: • the applicant was funded under any of the FY14, FY15, and/or FY16 FSS NOFAs, or • the applicant received an FSS program through a transfer or consolidation from a PHA that was funded under such NOFAs.

Appendix D provides a list of applicants who meet the criteria set forth in the bullet points above.

If you are not listed in Appendix D, but you believe you meet the criteria set forth in the bullet points above, you may request a review of eligibility from HUD by following the steps described in Section III.A.2 below.

As required in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 2 CFR 25.200 and 24 CFR Part 5 Subpart K, all applicants for financial assistance must have an active Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number ( and have an active registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) ( before submitting an application.

See Section V.B.3 of this NOFA for more information on how funding will be distributed among eligible applicants.

See also Section IV.B.1 for necessary form and content information.


Request for Review of Eligibility.

In advance of submitting this grant application, applicants who are not listed in Appendix D but who believe they meet the eligibility criteria in the Section above (Section III.A.1 of this NOFA) must submit a Request for Review of Eligibility via email to

The subject line should be "2017 Review of FSS Eligibility." The email must include the applicant's name, PHA number (in the format found in Appendix D), and a brief explanation of why the applicant believes they are eligible.

HUD will review and respond within five working days of receipt of the request.

That response will be an eligibility approval, eligibility disapproval, or a request for more information.

If more information is requested, HUD will respond within five working days upon receipt of the additional information.

All initial Requests for Review of Eligibility must be received no later than 20 calendar days prior to the due date of this NOFA.

Individuals, foreign entities, and sole proprietorship organizations are not eligible to compete for, or receive, awards made under this announcement.

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