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Categorical Grants


The Grants Management Center (GMC) completes the entire grant application process for Categorical Grants, with the exception of HOPE VI. The GMC reviews, rates and ranks applications and offers recommendations for awards. HUD awards categorical grants on either a competitive, first-come, first-serve basis or by lottery.

Jobs Plus Pilot

This Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) announces the availability of funding of approximately $24 million for the Jobs Plus Pilot program for Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) to develop locally-based approaches to increase earnings and advance employment outcomes for Public Housing residents. The NOFA will fund initiatives to improve employment and earnings outcomes for Public Housing residents through supports such as work readiness, employer linkages, job placement and financial literacy. Of the $24 million available, $9 million is made available from the ROSS appropriations to support the services element of the Jobs-Plus Pilot program.

Housing Choice Vouchers (Formerly Section 8)

The Housing Choice Voucher program provides rental assistance for low-income families to find housing in the private market that they could not otherwise afford. The advantages of vouchers are that low-income families have access to neighborhoods with better schools and job opportunities and reduce the geographic concentration of low-income people that often occurs with Public Housing.

The GMC processes 2 competitive grants under the program:

 - Family Self Sufficiency (FSS)
 - Family Unification Program

Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency (ROSS)

The Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) is a competitive grant program that addresses the needs of public housing residents by providing supportive services that will: Enable the linking of essential services to public housing residents; Provide resident empowerment activities and assistance for residents to become economically self-sufficient; Provide resources to enhance independent living for the elderly and persons with disabilities; Provide capacity building skills to resident organizations; and Improve the overall quality of life for public housing residents.

There are five grant categories under ROSS:

 - Resident Opportunities and Self-Sufficiency (ROSS)-Service Coordinators Program (ROSS SC)
 - 2003-2007 Resident Service Delivery Models - Elderly/Persons with Disabilities
 - 2003-2007 Resident Service Delivery Models - Family/Homeownership
 - 2002-2005 Homeownership Supportive Services (HSS)
 - Public Housing Family Self-Sufficiency

The ROSS Notice of Funds Available (NOFA) is part of the Department-wide SuperNOFA process. The Term of the ROSS grants is 36 months from execution of the grant agreement.

Neighborhood Networks

The Public Housing Neighborhood Networks program provides grants to Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) to update and expand existing Neighborhood Network/community technology centers; or establish new Neighborhood Network centers. This may include work readiness and education activities, physical improvements, the purchase of computer equipment, Internet access or hiring a program coordinator with project management and information technology experience to manage job training activities and the overall operation of the NN computer centers.

Grant applicants are required to commit a 25 percent in cash or in-kind donations.

GMC Historical Grant Information

 - Mainstream
 - Certain Development
 - Designated Housing
 - Rental Assistance for Non-Elderly Persons with Disabilities
 - Neighborhood Networks
 - Graduation Incentive Program
 - Service Coordinators
 - Capacity Building
 - Certain Development
 - Demolition and Revitalization
 - Designated Housing
 - Incremental (Fair Share)
 - Resident Management and Business Development (RMBD)


Point of Contact: Monique Wisdom, GMC Webmaster