Health Improvement for Re-entering Ex-offenders Initiative (HIRE) HIV/AIDS

The HIRE Program seeks to improve the HIV/AIDS health outcomes of ex-offenders re-entering the mainstream population (Re-entry Population) by supporting community-based efforts to ensure their successful transition from state or federal incarceration back to their communities.

It is expected that
applicants will ensure that ex-offenders returning to their communities from incarceration or detention are sufficiently prepared to: maximize their chances for successful reintegration; seek to eliminate the structural and medical barriers to reintegration that are necessary to preserve public safety; acknowledge the roles that families and communities play in the reentry process and ensure that they are sufficiently prepared to take on those responsibilities; and collect the data needed from pre-release and post-release prison medical reports to better evaluate the effectiveness of the project and assist ex-offenders affected by HIV/AIDS.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2009: This is a new program.

It is anticipated that funded projects will increase access and utilization of data and data-related activities, improve coordination/alignment of health services through alliances and partnerships, and/or increase representation of American Indians and Alaska Natives in the health professional, paraprofessional, and health research fields.

Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available

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 - See Regional Agency Offices.

Ms. Sonsiere Cobb-Souza, Acting Director, Division of Program Operations, Office of Minority Health, Office of Public Health and Science, Office of the Secretary, Tower Building, Suite 600, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Rockville, Maryland 20852.

Telephone: (240) 453-8444.
Website Address

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Metropolitan Charities, Inc. $ 860,000   2012-09-012016-08-31
Housing Works, Inc. $ 800,000   2012-09-012016-08-31
Faces Ny, Inc.-$ 20,000   2012-09-012016-08-31
Faces Ny, Inc. $ 800,000   2012-09-012016-08-31
St Luke's-roosevelt Hospital Center $ 800,000   2012-09-012016-08-31
Osborne Association, Inc., The $ 940,000   2012-09-012016-08-31
Recovery Consultants Of Atlanta, Incorporated $ 860,000   2012-09-012016-08-31
Project Safety Net Ny Inc. $ 940,000   2012-09-012016-08-31
$ 0   
$ 0   

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds are to be used to support projects or activities consistent with the mission of the Office of Minority Health of the U. S. Public Health Service, and that facilitate improvement in the HIV/AIDS health outcomes of ex-offenders re-entering the mainstream population.

Funds are not to be used for the provision of health care treatment, for construction, or to supplant ongoing project activities.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

To qualify for funding, an applicant organization must: be located within one of the three targeted states of New York, Florida, or Texas and have a minimum of five years experience providing HIV/AIDS related health and support services and be a: private nonprofit community-based, minority-serving organization (see definitions) which addresses health, human, or correctional services; or public entity (local government) which addresses health, human or correctional services; or Tribal governmental entity which addresses health, human or correctional services; or faith-based organization which provides comprehensive pre-release, transitional or reentry services.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The HIRE Program places primary focus on the reentry populations in the three targeted states, with special emphasis on the following reentry subpopulations: substance abusers, men who have sex with men, and individuals impacted by mental health disorders.


No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

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

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. See published announcement of program.

Award Procedures

Accepted applications will be reviewed by a review panel that will make recommendations on the technical merit based on the published criteria. Aft