Section 1.4: Roles of HUD Staff, Grantees, Sponsors, and Homeless Individuals in Local S+C Projects

HUD Staff

HUDField Office staff are responsible for executing the S+C grant, providing information and support during program implementation, monitoring performance, and assisting grantees with changes to the local project that require waivers, grant extensions, or amendments.

Grantees, Sponsors, and Supportive Services Providers

At the local level, S+C projects typically involve a partnership among a grantee agency, one or more housing sponsors, and a network of supportive services providers.

  • Grantees are ultimately responsible for the S+C grant, but may either administer the local project directly or delegate project responsibilities to one or more sponsors. Grantees must be a unit of local government, a public housing authority, or a state.
  • Sponsors are usually nonprofit organizations that provide housing to homeless people with disabilities. Grantees may delegate responsibility for rental assistance administration to one or more sponsors. Sponsors may also provide supportive services.
  • Supportive services providers enable participants to maintain stable housing, address their social service and treatment needs, build skills, and enhance their ability to make decisions about their lives.

Participants

The S+C statute requires that grantees provide opportunities for at least one current or formerly homeless individual to participate in a board of directors or other policy-making entity to advise on decisions affecting S+C housing.

This requirement may be waived if the grantee is unable to comply and provides HUD with an alternate plan for consulting with homeless people about the local project. [24 CFR 582.300]