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HUD Extends the Deadline for the FSS NOFO and provides list of Presidentially Declared Emergencies and Disasters

For housing authorities (HAs) in Presidentially Declared Emergency and Disaster Areas, HUD is extending the NOFO deadline to Friday, October 21, at 11:59:59 pm ET. The notice provides a current listing of all the Presidential Declared Disaster (PDD) areas and has been updated to include Hurricane Ian as well as a large number of other areas/states. HUD will update this list with any new areas that are declared by the current application deadline of Friday, October 7, at 11:59:59 pm ET.

Funding of approximately $113 million is available through this NOFO. HUD expects to make approximately 800 awards from the funds available under this NOFO.

It is important for HAs to note that Grants.gov will be unavailable between Friday, September 23, and Thursday, September 29. The FSS NOFO Deadline has been extended for all applicants to Friday, October 7, to allow additional time to accommodate this issue.


Family Self-Sufficiency

The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program supports HUD’s strategic goal of increasing economic opportunity for HUD-assisted families. FSS provides grants to HAs and now private and nonprofit Multifamily Housing Owners to support the salaries and training needs of FSS Program Coordinators. Coordinators assist participating families receiving housing assistance through the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV/PBV) and Public Housing (PH) programs. Coordinators also develop local strategies to connect participating families to public and private resources to increase their earned income and financial empowerment in hopes of making progress toward economic independence and self-sufficiency.

On May 24, 2018, The Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act changed program requirements related to program eligibility, escrow deposits, and supportive services. It also allows the Secretary to establish a funding formula and extends eligibility by allowing private owners of PBRA properties to voluntarily make an FSS program available to their tenants. Please note that HUD published the Final Rule implementing the changes to the FSS program on May 17, 2022. The Notice can be accessed here.

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