The Resident Opportunity and Self-Sufficiency Program (ROSS) is listed in the certification rule as a “HUD program where housing counseling referrals are made by a grantee or Subgrantee of the program for use by a family assisted under the program.” Does this mean that ROSS service coordinators must become HUD certified housing counselors?
Date Published: December 2016
No. The ROSS NOFA provides for the salaries and benefits of ROSS service coordinators, and in general does not provide funding for services. This means that ROSS service coordinators may not use ROSS funding to directly provide housing counseling. However, when a ROSS service coordinator refers a participant to housing counseling (e.g., rental housing counseling to help participants move to market-rate rental housing, or homeownership counseling for a participant whose goal is to become a homeowner), the service coordinator must refer the participant to the List of HUD Approved Housing Counseling Agencies.