HUD Funds Another ‘Self-Sufficiency’ Evaluation

The Office of Public and Indian Housing (HUD) seeks guidance on a proposed evaluation of its Family Self Sufficiency Program: Program Coordinators (CFDA Number: 14.896).

(Comment Deadline: May 28)

HUD’s FSS program provides approximately $75 million annually for coordinators at public housing agencies to help rental voucher families obtain employment that will lead to economic independence and self-sufficiency. FSS coordinators work with welfare agencies, schools, businesses and other local partners to develop a comprehensive program that gives participating FSS family members the skills and experience to enable them to obtain employment that pays a living wage.

The program has been around since 1992, but three previous evaluations haven’t produced quality results on the program’s success. MDRC conducted the evaluations. This proposed evaluation also would be conducted by MDRC and document the progress of a group of FSS participants from initial enrollment to program completion (or exit). The intent would be to gain a deeper understanding of the program and illustrate strategies that assist participants to obtain greater economic independence.

Funding Forecast: HUD is readying the FY 2015 solicitation for the FSS Program Coordinators program. The deadline likely will be in June, with the solicitation released soon. Potential applicants can get a jump start on the process by using last year’s grant solicitation.

Contact: Colette Pollard, 202/402-3400; e-mail,

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