Recovery Act Transitional Housing

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

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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

Fiscal Year 2009: Applications: 565
Awards: 91. Fiscal Year 2010: Applications/Awards: 0. Fiscal Year 2011: Applications/Awards: 0.

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. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

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.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

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 Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. 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.

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 OVW.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, 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

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
This program has no matching requirements. Grants will be made for amounts up to 100 percent of the costs of programs or projects contained in approved applications. Match is not required for this grant program; however, applicants are encouraged to maximize the impact of Federal grant dollars by contributing the costs of their project. Supplemental contributions may be cash, in-kind services, or a combination of both.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Up to 36 months. Funds are released on an as-needed basis to the grantee. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Quarterly financial reports are required as stipulated in the program regulations and the effective edition of the OVW Financial Guide.

An additional quarterly financial report is required specifically for ARRA programs.

No cash reports are required.

Semi-annual progress reports shall explain the activities carried out and include an assessment of the effectiveness of those activities in achieving the purposes of the program, including number of persons served and numbers of persons seeking services who could not be served.

No expenditure reports are required.

No performance monitoring is required.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. 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 9 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

(Project Grants) FY 09 $7,914,370; FY 10 est $0; FY 11 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

FY 2009
Range: $184,910 - $707,816;
Average: $446,363.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The OVW Financial Guide is applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Josh Kamp, 800 K Street, NW Suite 850, Washington, District of Columbia 20001 Email: joshua.kamp@usdoj.gov Phone: (202) 353-2639.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.



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