Transitional Living for Homeless Youth

The overall purpose of the Transitional Living Program (TLP) for Homeless Youth and the Maternity Group Homes (MGH) is to establish and operate transitional living projects for homeless youth, including pregnant and parenting youth.

This program is structured to help older homeless youth achieve

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self-sufficiency and avoid long-term dependency on social services.

Transitional living projects provide shelter, skills training, and support services to homeless youth, including pregnant and parenting youth, ages 16 through 21 for a continuous period not exceeding 18 months.

Youth who are under the age of 18 years at the completion of 18 months can remain in the program for either an additional 180 days or until the youth turns 18, whichever occurs first.

MGHs provide the same services as the TLP in addition to providing parenting instructions and child care.

Other services that are offered include, but are not limited to, transportation, family planning, abstinence education and pregnancy prevention services.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Office - Contact: Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau (See Appendix IV of this Catalog for the addresses of the Regional Offices.)



Program Accomplishments

In fiscal year 2007, 203 grants were awarded. It is estimated that 209 grants will be awarded in fiscal years 2008 and 2009.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Transitional Living Programs are required to provide youth with stable, safe living accommodations and services that help them develop the skills necessary to move to independence.

Living accommodations may be host family homes, group homes, Maternity Group Homes, or "supervised apartments." (Supervised apartments are either agency-owned apartment buildings or "scattered site" apartments, which are single-occupancy apartments rented directly by young people with support from the agency.) Eligible applicants include States, localities, private entities, and coordinated networks of such entities unless they are part of the law enforcement structure or the juvenile justice system.

Federally recognized Indian organizations are also eligible to apply for grants as private, nonprofit agencies.

Indian Tribes that are not federally recognized and urban Indian organizations are also eligible to apply for grants as private, nonprofit agencies.

Faith-based organizations and small community-based organizations are eligible to apply for Transitional Living Program grants.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

States, localities, private entities, and coordinated networks of such entities are eligible to apply for a Transitional Living Program grant unless they are part of the law enforcement structure or the juvenile justice system.

Federally recognized Indian organizations are also eligible to apply for grants as private, nonprofit agencies.

Faith-based organizations and small community-based organizations are eligible to apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Homeless youth (ages 16 to 21).

Credentials/Documentation

Nonprofit organizations must submit proof of nonprofit status. Applicable costs and administration procedures will be determined in accordance with Parts 74 and 92 or Title 45, Code of Federal Regulations.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Consultation or assistance is available from the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services.

The standard application forms furnished by DHHS and required by OMB Circular No.

A-102 must be used 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 (SPOC) in his or her State for more information on the process.

(NOTE: State/territory participation in the intergovernmental review process does not signify applicant eligibility for financial assistance under a program.

A potential applicant must meet the eligibility requirements of the program for which it is applying prior to submitting an application to its SPOC.)

Application Procedures

Application for Federal Assistance, Standard Form 424 must be submitted. Specific instructions are published via the Internet under the Form section at the following website address: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants.

Award Procedures

All applications are reviewed by a panel of nonfederal experts, which assigns scores according to the published criteria. The panel's scores are factored into the recommendations for funding. Scores and recommendations are reviewed by the Associate Commissioner of the Family and Youth Services Bureau, who makes recommendations to the ACYF Commissioner, who makes the final funding decisions.

Deadlines

As specified in the announcement or application instructions.

Authorization

The Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (Title III of the Junvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974), as amended by the Runaway, Homeless, and Missing Children Protection Act of 2003, Public Law 108-96 under Part B. Text of this legislation can be located at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/fysb/content/aboutfysb/RHYComp.pdf.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

Awards are made for 5-year project periods; funding after the first year is dependent upon satisfactory performance, availability of funds and determination that continued funding would be in the best interest of the government.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Grantee must provide matching funds equal to at least 10 percent of the Federal share. (There are certain exceptions for Tribes with "638" funding pursuant to P.L. 93-638, under which certain Federal grants funds may qualify as matching funds for other Federal grant programs, e.g., those which contribute to the purposes for which grants under section 638 were made). The non-Federal share may be met by cash or in-kind contributions, although applicants are encouraged to meet their match requirements through cash contributions. Therefore, a five-year project costing $1,000,000 in Federal funds (based on an award of $200,000 per 12-month budget period) must include a match of at least $100,000 ($20,000 per budget period).

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants are awarded competitively for project periods of 5 years.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Progress and Fiscal reports must be submitted semi-annually.

A final program and expenditure report must be submitted within 90 days after the completion of the project period.

Audits

Audits are conducted in accordance with the requirements in 45 CFR 74 and 92.

Records

All financial records are to be maintained 3 years after termination of the project or until audit is completed, whichever occurs first.

Financial Information

Account Identification

75-1536-0-1-506.

Obigations

(Grants) FY 07 $39,539,000; FY 08 $43,268,000; and FY 09 est $43,268,000. (Contracts) FY 07 $1,953,000; FY 08 $4,187,000; and FY 09 est $4,177,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$100,000 to $200,000; $195,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Contact Headquarters Office listed below for available literature. You may also get information on the Family and Youth Services Bureau website at the following address http://www.hhs.gov/programs/fysb under the "Policy and Legislative Documents" link. Information is also available through the National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth, P.O. Box 13505, Silver Spring, MD 20911-3505. Telephone: (301) 608-8098. Fax: (301) 608-8721. The National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth website address is www.ncfy.com.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Contact: Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau (See Appendix IV of this Catalog for the addresses of the Regional Offices.)

Headquarters Office

Acting Associate Commissioner, Family and Youth Services Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, 1250 Maryland Ave, S.W., Washington, DC 20447. Contact: Curtis Porter. Telephone: (202) 205-8306.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applications will be evaluated based upon the criteria published in the Funding Opportunity Announcement located on the following website address: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/grants_fysb.html.



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