We are excited to share with you that the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Fiscal Year 2022 published today. For the first time, owners participating in HUD’s Multifamily Section 8 project-based rental assistance program are eligible to apply for funding through this NOFO. You can access the NOFO here. The 60-day application period runs from August 4, 2022 to October 3, 2022.
You may find more information about the grant on the HUD Funds Available page. (Important general information is at the top – scroll down to find the link for the FY22 FSS NOFO page, which is where the NOFO, webinar and FAQ (if any) links will be posted).
Please review the press release announcing the $113 million funding opportunity for the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program.
In the coming weeks, we will host a webinar to review the components of the NOFO and discuss the changes between the FY22 NOFO and previous years. Please feel free to submit questions to FSS@hud.gov once you have reviewed the NOFO.
Here is important information to keep in mind regarding the FY 2022 FSS NOFO:
- Owners of properties participating in project-based rental assistance are eligible to apply for funding as new applicants, regardless of whether they have a currently operating FSS program.
- Funding is for a two-year period, subject to annual appropriations from Congress.
- You will need to have a Unique Entity ID (UEI) (which has replaced the DUNS system). Visit https://www.hud.gov/grants for guidance on ensuring that your SAM.gov registration is up to date. You will need an up-to-date SAM.gov registration and a UEI in order to apply for the NOFO (see more information below).
- Please also check that your Grants.gov login and password are up to date and that you know who your AOR is.
- We encourage you to read the NOFO before deciding whether you will need a grant writer. The NOFO has no narratives, no budgets, no match/leverage… it is a few forms.
PLEASE NOTE: This is an opportunity for Public Housing Authorities and project-based rental assistance owners to apply for funding to hire FSS Coordinators to run an FSS program. This is NOT an application for individuals to enroll in the FSS program. If you are an individual that is interested in enrolling in FSS, please contact your Public Housing Authority or owner of your multifamily property to see if they run an FSS program and how to apply.
Non-Profits and For-Profit entities that are NOT PBRA owners (e.g. social service agencies) are NOT eligible to apply. If you would like to work an FSS program, please contact your local PHA/multifamily property to see if they run an FSS program and how to be involved. This grant does not provide funds to pay directly for services.
A Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for FSS grants will be released this summer. We are excited that, for the first time, PBRA (Multifamily) owners will be eligible for program funding.
There are a few steps necessary for an owner to be able to apply for funding and want to provide some guidance to make sure owners are ready to be able to apply.
- At this time, please take a moment to review the notice posted at https://www.hud.gov/grants that gives guidance on ensuring that your SAM.gov registration is up to date and that you have a Unique Entity ID (UEI) which has replaced the DUNS system. You will need an up-to-date gov registration and a UEI in order to apply for the NOFO. See below for more information on how to update or renew your entity record in SAM. You can also access the SAM website, which has information on the UEI transition, here.
- The NOFO will be available at grants.gov, so you will also need to be registered there. You may sign up to receive notifications from grants.gov through their website (highly recommended).
- For all existing FSS Programs, FSS action plans are required to be updated and submitted for review and approval by September 30, 2022. Any entities with current programs that do not have an updated FSS Action Plan approved by the time that HUD makes awards will have any awarded funds frozen and inaccessible until the updated FSS Action Plan is approved. (Please see the FSS Resources page for multiple resources and guidance on this topic.)
- New FSS programs that are funded via the competition will have time to develop an FSS Action Plan after funding is awarded.
- We also strongly recommend that whomever will be responsible for preparing the application be signed up for the FSS listserv, where information about the NOFO will be communicated. You can sign up for the listserv here.
Note: all PBRA applicants will be considered new applicants for purposes of the NOFO.
Unique Entity ID Webinar
TO: ELOCCS Users
SUBJECT: Obtaining New Unique Identity Identifier (UEI) from SAM.gov
As you know, by April 4, 2022, HUD financial systems will transition away from using the DUNS Number and use the new Unique Entity ID (UEI) as a means of entity identification for federal awards.
GSA is conducting Stakeholder Forum webinars on how entities can obtain new Unique Entity Identifier (UEIs) in SAM.gov.
In order to attend the most current webinars, please Join the Integrated Award Environment (IAE).
Below are links to a slide deck and recorded session from a previous GSA Stakeholder Forum on obtaining a new Unique Identity Identifier (UEI) from SAM.gov:
Note: If your entities are actively registered in SAM.gov, GSA has already assigned a new Unique Entity ID. The new Unique Entity ID is viewable in the SAM.gov entity registration record. Go to fsd.gov and select the green Help on UEI Transition button to learn more.