Transitional Housing Assistance for Victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Stalking, or Sexu

To provide transitional housing assistance and related support services to minors, adults, and their dependents who are homeless, or in need of transitional housing or other housing assistance, as a result of fleeing a situation of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking; and
for whom emergency shelter services or other crisis intervention services are unavailable or insufficient.

Agency - Department of Justice

The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interest of the United States, ensuring public safety against threats foreign and domestic; providing Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeking just punishment for those guilty of unlawful pursuits; and ensuring fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.



Program Accomplishments

FY 07: Applications: 215, Awards: 51; FY 08: Applications: 112, Awards: 58; FY 09: Applications: 112, Awards: 41.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants are available to provide transitional housing, including funding for the operating expenses of newly developed or existing transitional housing; short term housing assistance, including rental or utilities payment assistance and assistance with related expenses, such as payment of security deposits and other costs incidental to relocation to transitional housing; and support services designed to enable a minor, an adult, or a dependant of such minor or adult, who is fleeing a situation of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking to locate and secure permanent housing and integrate into a community by providing that minor, adult, or dependant, with services, such as transportation, counseling, child care, case management, employment counseling, and other assistance.

Participation in the support services must be voluntary.

Receipt of the benefits of the housing assistance shall not be conditioned upon the participation of the youth, adults, or dependents in any or all of the support services offered them.

Housing assistance is limited to 24 months with a possible extension for an additional 6 months if the client has made a good faith effort to acquire permanent housing and has been unable to acquire permanent housing.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants are States, Indian tribal governments, units of local government, and other organizations, including domestic violence and sexual assault victim service providers, domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions, other nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations, or community-based and culturally specific organizations, that have a documented history of effective work concerning domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Beneficiaries include minors, adults, and their dependants who are homeless or in need of transitional housing or other housing assistance, as a result of fleeing a situation of domestic violence; and for whom emergency shelter services or other crisis intervention services are unavailable or insufficient.

Credentials/Documentation

Applicants must provide assurances that supportive services offered to participants are voluntary and that refusal to receive such services shall not be grounds for termination from the program or eviction from the housing.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application forms furnished by the Federal agency, in accordance with 28 CFR, Part 66 (Common Rule), must be used for this program.

Application Procedures

Applicants must apply through the on-line grants.gov portal.. The receipt, review, and analysis of applications will follow Office on Violence Against Women policies and procedures for the administration of grant applications. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedures

Upon approval by the Office on Violence Against Women, online notification is sent to the applicant agency with copies of the Grant Award. One copy of the Grant Award must be signed electronically by an authorized official and returned to the Office of Justice Programs.

Deadlines

Contact the Office on Violence Against Women for application deadlines.

Authorization

Section 611 of the Prosecutorial Remedies and Other Tools to end the Exploitation of Children Today Act of 2003 (PROTECT Act), Public Law 108-21, 42 U.S.C. 13975, as amended; The Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005, Title VI, Section 602, Public Law 109-162.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Applicants will be notified by the end of the fiscal year.

Appeals

Not applicable.

Renewals

Renewals are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Grants will be made for amounts up to 100 percent of the costs of the programs or projects contained in the approved applications. Match is not required for this grant program; however, applicants are encouraged to maximize the impact of Federal grant dollars by contributing to the costs of their projects. Supplemental contributions may be cash, in-kind services, or a combination of both.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Up to 36 months. Funds are released on an as-needed basis to the grantee.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Semi-annual progress and quarterly financial reports are required, as stipulated in the effective edition of the Office of Justice Programs Financial Guide.

Upon completion of the grant period, grantees shall file a performance report explaining the activities carried out and including an assessment of the effectiveness of those activities in achieving the purposes of the program.

Audits

Nonfederal entities that expend $500,000 or more in Federal funds (from all sources, including pass-through sub-awards) in the organization's fiscal year shall have a single organization-wide audit conducted in accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular A-133. The audit report is due to the Federal Audit Clearinghouse not later than nine months after the end of the recipient's fiscal year.

Records

The award recipient must keep complete records on disposition of funds.

Financial Information

Account Identification

15-0409-0-1-754.

Obigations

FY 07 $12,898,534; FY 08 est $14,271,762; and FY 09 est $9,990,223.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$150,000 to $475,000; $246,065.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The OJP Financial Guide is applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Office on Violence Against Women, Department of Justice, 800 K Street, NW., Washington, DC 20530. Telephone: (202) 307-6026.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not applicable.



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