Program Description

The purpose of the FSS program is to promote 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. Funding is for coordinator salaries and fringe ONLY. The grant does not pay for services.

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. As required by the FSS statute and regulations, each FSS program reflects local needs and resources. PHAs are not permitted to limit FSS participation to those families most likely to succeed because of current education level or job history.

General Program Requirements

Applicants must be Public Housing Authorities or Tribes/TDHEs with NAHASDA funds.

Please see for each year's program Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) and application as criteria changes each year. The NOFA may also be found on HUD's Funds Available Page.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

Please see the program NOFA and/or All applications are electronic through the portal.

Program Contact Information

FSS Program Manager

Additional Information

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number14.896
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram not specific to American Indians and Alaska Natives, but they are eligible
Can the funding from the program be renewedYes
Funding TypeDiscretionary
Matching Funds RequiredNo
Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate)75
Length of Program1 Year funding, but the contracts with participants are for 5 Years
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?Yes
Tribes Funded by this Program3 in the last round of funding

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