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Service Coordinator Grants

Each year HUD offers grant monies to owners of HUD assisted housing, enabling them to hire a Service Coordinator to serve their residents.  Service Coordinator grants are made for an initial three-year term and provide funding for the salary, fringe benefits, and related administrative costs associated with employing a Service Coordinator. HUD awards grants to owners of HUD assisted multifamily housing, namely developments built with or subsidized by the following programs: Section 202, project-based Section 8, Section 236 and Section 221(d)(3) Below-Market Interest Rate. All housing must be designed or designated for sole occupancy by elderly persons (aged 62 and older) and/or younger people with disabilities (aged 18 to 61).

Service Coordinators are primarily involved with the following types of activities:

 -   Provide case management and information and referral services.
 -   Educate residents on available services and benefits and on tenancy issues.
 -   Establish linkages with community agencies.
 -   Monitor provision of service
 -   Advocate for residents.
 -   Educate housing management staff.
 -   Work with resident organizations.
 -   Help residents set up informal support networks.
 -   Educate housing management staff.
 -   Set up volunteer programs

Service Coordinators cannot act as recreational or activities directors; provide supportive services directly, or assist with other administrative work that is normally associated with housing operations.

Service Coordinator funds can be used for the following types of expenses:

 -   Salary
 -   Fringe benefits
 -   Quality Assurance
 -   Training
 -   Travel
 -   Creation of private office space
 -   Computer hardware, software, and Internet service
 -   Office furniture and supplies

HUD plans to provide extension funding to these grants, beyond the initial three-year term, but the ability to do so is always dependent upon annual Congressional appropriations.