Resident Opportunities and Self-Sufficiency Grant Program

The Resident Opportunities and Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) Program provides funding to hire and maintain Service Coordinators. ROSS Service Coordinators link residents of public housing and Indian housing that is funded through the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act (NAHASDA) with supportive services and activities that enable them to make progress towards economic independence and housing self-sufficiency. ROSS Service Coordinators perform many functions, including:

  • Recruiting program participants
  • Conducting resident needs assessments
  • Making referrals to services and programming
  • Providing case management and coaching
  • Establishing and maintaining partnerships with local service providers
  • Tracking outcomes and reporting to HUD

ROSS Service Coordinators may serve (a) families, (b) elderly residents/persons with disabilities, or (c) both groups.

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Sign up for the ROSS mailing list for the latest updates and guidance related to the ROSS grant program.

Featured Resources

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Housing Counselor Certification Final Rule Requirements for the ROSS Program

Learn how to implement housing counseling requirements for ROSS program activities as of the final compliance deadline, August 1, 2021.

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ROSS Frequently Asked Questions

This frequently asked questions (FAQs) document answers common questions about ROSS program requirements. Topics include:

  • Renewals
  • Reporting
  • Match
  • Onboarding and Support
  • Eligible Participants
  • Use of Funds
  • Direct Services
  • Administrative

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ROSS Trending Topics Webinars

These webinars provide training on important topics with which ROSS Service Coordinators should familiarize themselves. Each webinar features best practices and guidance from ROSS-funded practitioners. Topics include:

  • Reporting fundamentals
  • Best practices in resident engagement strategies
  • Motivational interviewing, a client-centered approach to working with residents
  • Career Pathways, an innovative approach to job training and career advancement

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Get Started with ROSS

This page provides an overview of the ROSS Program. The page includes:

  • An overview of the program
  • A description of program goals
  • A description of eligible applicants  
  • Information on how to access the most current ROSS grant application, or Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) and related guidance

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Running ROSS Step-by-Step Online Guide

This guide provides self-directed web-based guidance and best practices for ROSS Service Coordinators and other grantee staff who have an interest in seeing their agency’s ROSS grant succeed. Topics include:

  • Best practices for engaging and working with residents
  • Building partnerships with local service providers
  • Information and strategies for successfully managing the program
  • Tracking progress
  • Reporting outcomes to HUD

Running ROSS Step-by-Step is intended primarily for ROSS Service Coordinators and grantee leadership and staff, including those who manage grant funding and reporting. The resource may also be of interest to potential applicants for ROSS funding, property managers, and HUD staff.

ROSS-SC Data Dashboard

ROSS-SC Data Dashboard

The ROSS-SC Data Dashboard is designed to support ROSS grantees and Service Coordinators in viewing their annually reported data in an online dashboard. The tool helps ROSS practitioners visualize their progress and understand how the activities and outcomes of their program compare to those of other similar grantees. There is also a ROSS program-wide dashboard with the ability to view ROSS program performance by state.

The tool was developed using Tableau’s visual analytics platform and is free. This tool is best viewed in Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Safari. It does not support Internet Explorer 10 or older Internet Explorer browsers.

ROSS-SC Data Dashboard Webinars

These webinars cover how grantees can access the ROSS-SC Data Dashboard, explore their data, and understand their program performance.

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ROSS Data Guide 3.0

This document lists data elements, descriptions, and commments applicable to the ROSS Program. This framework will assist grantees in tracking residents' progress and reporting performance outcomes to HUD.

ROSS Reporting: ROSS Data Guide 3.0 Webinar

This webinar walks through the ROSS Data Guide 3.0.

ROSS-SC Data Quality Quick Reference Guide

This quick reference guide offers an introduction to data quality plus helpful tips on how grantees can improve their data quality.