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Get Ready for New Performance Measurement System Under the FSS Program

Arlene Conn, Policy Analyst

Last month, HUD issued its 2019 Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program Coordinator Funding “Get Ready” letter in anticipation of the 2019 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), which is usually issued by September 30 annually. The letter outlines the new performance measurement system (System) that HUD has been rolling out for the past year. Based on PHADA’s concerns with that System, HUD held a series of meetings in an attempt to explain the new System and gain industry support. PHADA was successful in getting HUD to postpone implementation of the new System from 2018 until this year.

PHADA members and others in the industry have expressed concerns with HUD’s System because it heavily weights scores under the System based on the speed in which public housing authorities (HAs) move FSS participants into employment. The longer participants work during the five-year contract, the higher an HA’s scores will be. Some service providers and the HAs with whom they work have supported HUD’s System because their training and educational programs are in line with this end goal. Other HAs are opposed because they have admitted to their programs participants with long-term objectives and goals, many requiring a number of services before they are even ready to enter job or educational training programs, much less employment.

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