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Jobs Plus Initiative

Grants to USA Public Housing Authorities to
Expand Employment Opportunities for Residents

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) - Public and Indian Housing (PIH)

Deadline Date:

10/01/19 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA public housing authorities to operate job programs in qualifying public housing developments. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take four weeks or longer to complete. Funding is intended to address poverty affecting public housing residents by promoting, enabling, and facilitating employment.

The Jobs Plus program develops locally-based, job-driven approaches that increase earnings and advance employment outcomes through work readiness, employer linkages, job placement, educational advancement, technology skills, and financial literacy for residents of public housing. The place-based Jobs Plus program addresses poverty among public housing residents by incentivizing and enabling employment through earned income disregards for working residents and a set of services designed to support work including employer linkages, job placement and counseling, educational advancement, and financial counseling. Ideally, these incentives will saturate the target public housing projects (referred to as "projects" hereafter), building a culture of work and making working residents the norm.

The Jobs Plus program comprises these three core components:

  • Employment-Related Services: Successful applicants must partner with the local Workforce Development Boards (WDB) and American Job Center(s)(AJC/One-Stop) in their area to offer multiple employment-related services for residents with a range of employment needs. Local Labor Market Information (LMI) should be used both for initial planning and analysis of which employment opportunities are most available locally, and for monitoring ongoing trends.
  • Financial/Rent Incentive – Jobs Plus Earned Income Disregard (JPEID): Successful applicants must also implement a financial/rent incentive for residents of the project, known as the Jobs Plus Earned Income Disregard (JPEID). This component will neutralize any rent increase due to rising earned income for Jobs Plus participants, removing a major disincentive to employment. 
  • Community Supports for Work: Community Support for Work (CSW) is a core component of the Jobs Plus program, reflecting the goal of building a caring and cohesive public housing community that is strongly committed to supporting residents’ progress towards economic security.

Applicants are encouraged to develop key partnerships to connect participants with any other needed services to remove barriers to work. An Individualized Training and Services Plan (ITSP) should be developed for each participant to establish goals and service strategies, and to track progress.

More information about the three core components can be found at https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/SPM/documents/FY19_JobsPlusInitiative_FR-6300-N-14.pdf#page=3.

Eligible Activities and Costs can be found at https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/SPM/documents/FY19_JobsPlusInitiative_FR-6300-N-14.pdf#page=22.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 161900

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$20,700,000

Number of Grants:

HUD expects to make approximately 7 awards from the funds available under this NOFA.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Award Ceiling: $3,700,000
- Award Floor: $1,000,000

Award funding for non-elderly households will be determined as follows:
- 200-400 Households: Maximum $2,300,000
- 401-600 Households: Maximum $3,000,000
- 601 and Up Households: Maximum $3,700,000

Term of Contract:

The grant term is 54 months, which includes a 6-month start up period and a 48-month implementation period (estimated start is 2/14/2020 and estimated end is 8/13/2024).

Estimated Project Start Date: 02/14/2020
Estimated Project End Date: 08/13/2024

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

a. Eligible applicants. Eligible applicants are only public housing authorities (PHAs) that operate one or more public housing projects that meet the criteria outlined in this NOFA.

PHAs that received a Jobs Plus program grant for FY 2015, FY 2016 or FY 2017, FY 2018 are not eligible for FY 2019 grant funds. PHAs that received FY2014 Jobs Plus grants may apply for funding under this NOFA. However, public housing projects previously funded through a FY2014 Jobs Plus grant may not be the target of an FY2019 Jobs Plus application.

Federally designated tribes and tribally designated housing entities are not eligible applicants for this NOFA.

b. Non-performing PHAs: Non-performing PHAs may be eligible to participate in Jobs Plus provided HUD has determined the PHA can implement and oversee the grant successfully.

c. Relation to Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Applicants. PHAs that have applied for RAD, received a Commitment to enter into a Housing Assistance Payments Contract (CHAP) (either a Portfolio award that covers the project or a Multiphase award) that covers the target public housing project and are planning on demolition and new construction or major rehabilitation or reconstruction may apply for a Jobs Plus Grant provided they have not yet received a RAD Conversion Commitment (RCC) at the time of the application deadline for this NOFA. If the PHA has received its RCC as of the time of the application deadline, it cannot apply for funding under this NOFA

Criteria for Eligible Public Housing Projects:
Applications must target an eligible public housing project(s) (herein referred to as “project”). A list of projects that meet the criteria is provided in Appendix B of this NOFA. However, the mere appearance of a project on this list does not mean that the project is appropriate for a Jobs Plus program. Projects must meet the criteria below.

Size: Minimum project size of 200 households where at least one resident in each of the households is non-elderly (under age 65).

Unemployment: At least 40 percent of the households (excluding households consisting only of elderly residents) that report no earned income in PIC.

Place: Units to be served must be contiguous unless good cause can be shown that the program will succeed in non-contiguous projects. A description of how the program will be run from one central location and remain accessible to residents of non-contiguous projects will be required. This requirement may disqualify projects on the Eligible Projects list if the Asset Management Project (AMP) is for scattered sites projects.

Funding restrictions can be found at https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/SPM/documents/FY19_JobsPlusInitiative_FR-6300-N-14.pdf#page=32.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern time on 10/01/2019. Applications must be received no later than the deadline. HUD strongly recommends applications be submitted at least 48 hours before the deadline and during regular business hours to allow enough time to correct errors or overcome other problems.

It is anticipated that award announcements will take place December 2019.

Submit your application to Grants.gov unless a waiver has been issued allowing you to submit your application in paper form.

This Program requires cost sharing, matching or leveraging: All applicants are required to have in place a firmly committed match contribution equivalent to at least 25 percent of their total grant amount requested. The match may be provided as a cash or in-kind donation. All agencies listed as providing match are required to provide a detailed letter on agency letterhead signed by a person authorized to make the commitment attesting to the match.

Before submitting this grant application, applicants whose projects are not on Appendix B but who believe a combination of projects will meet eligibility requirements, must submit a Request for Review of Eligibility of their target projects. To be considered, applicants must submit a Request via email that lists the project name and numbers (in the format found in Appendix B) that are proposed to be combined to meet the criteria for the Jobs Plus program. HUD will review the request using the same query of PIC data on the proposed combined projects to determine if the proposed projects meet the criteria for size and unemployment that were used to generate Appendix B. HUD will respond within five working days of receipt of the request. That response will be an eligibility approval, eligibility disapproval, or a request for more information. If more information is requested, HUD will respond within five working days upon receipt of the additional information. All initial Requests for Review of Eligibility must be received no later than 20 calendar days prior to the due date of this NOFA.

Applicants must be registered with SAM before submitting their application. In addition, applicants must maintain an active SAM registration with current information while they have an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by HUD. Applicants must provide a valid DUNS number, registered and active at SAM, in the application.

Anyone planning to submit applications on behalf of an organization must register at Grants.gov and be approved by the EBiz Point of Contact in SAM to submit applications for the organization.

Registration for SAM and Grants.gov is a multi-step process and can take four (4) weeks or longer to complete if data issues arise. Applicants without a valid registration cannot submit an application through Grants.gov.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=318946

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

HUD staff will be available to provide clarification on the content of this NOFA.

Questions regarding specific program requirements for this NOFA should be directed to the point of contact listed below:
JobsPlus@hud.gov

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
451 7th Street S.W.
Washington, DC 20410
Telephone: (202) 708-1112

CFDA Number:

14.895

Funding or Pin Number:

FR-6300-N-14

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming