2. Outreach and Goal-Setting
3. Case Management / Coaching
4. Increasing Earnings
5. Building Financial Capability
6. FSS Infrastructure
6. FSS Infrastructure
In addition to covering the costs of escrow deposits, HUD makes the following funding available for the FSS Program:
Program coordinator grants and residual receipts can only be used to pay for coordinator salaries and benefits and not direct services or programs.
Some FSS programs may wish to seek additional funds to support the FSS program to pay for:
Sources of funding for these activities beyond the FSS coordinator grant and residual receipts accounts include:
Some PHAs and owners may be able to dedicate staff time or other resources to the FSS program using funding streams other than the FSS coordinator grant, such as the public housing operating fund or Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) administrative fees.
Public housing operating funds and HCV administrative fees cannot be used to pay for services of any kind. These resources can only be used to supplement the salaries and benefits of FSS staff.
PHAs and owners can also show their support for the FSS program by electing to fund additional benefits for residents that are only available to FSS participants, such as scholarships or small grant funds for tuition, books, transportation and child care.
Some public housing agencies have created an affiliate 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization to pursue grant opportunities.
Information on establishing a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization can be found on the IRS’s website.
PHAs and owners considering creating a non-profit affiliate should consult their attorney for guidance.
PHAs and owners (either directly or through nonprofit affiliates) can seek funding from foundations, corporations, and other private funding sources.
When seeking local funding sources, you should consider:
There are numerous resources available for grant and foundation funding opportunities, some for free and some that charge a fee.
A few examples of online directories for private funding sources are:
This video discusses one FSS practitioner’s experience in obtaining philanthropic funding to support the FSS program.
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State and Local Government Funding
Some FSS programs receive grant funding from their local or state governments. These allocations are often small (usually less than $50,000) but can provide funding for much needed programs and services or even additional case management.
Many times PHAs and owners use these funds for small grants to participants to help them achieve their FSS goals or to fund specific programs or services that may be unavailable in the community.
PHAs and owners can explore other federal funding opportunities through HUD and other federal agencies, other federal agencies, including the the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the U.S. Department of Education. In addition to FSS coordinator funding, PHAs and owners that operate public housing supportive services programs may apply for service coordinator funding through the HUD Resident Opportunities and Self-Sufficiency program.