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Administration for Children and Families: Street Outreach Program

Deadline: May 12, 2014

The Administration for Children and Families is accepting applications for the Street Outreach Program (SOP). The purpose of the SOP is to conduct outreach services designed to build relationships between grantee staff and runaway, homeless, and street youth with the ultimate goal being to keep youth safe and help them leave the streets.

ACF is committed to facilitating healing and recovery and promoting the social and emotional well-being of children, youth, and families who have experienced neglect, safety, stability, and exposure to violence, and/or trauma. This funding is designed to ensure that effective interventions are in place to build skills and capacities that contribute to the healthy, positive, and productive functioning of children and youth into adulthood.

Today, young people are living on the streets after running from or being asked to leave homes characterized by abuse, neglect, or parental drug and alcohol abuse.  Once on the streets, such youth are at risk of being sexually exploited or abused by adults for pleasure or profit.  In addition, such youth may engage in shoplifting, survival sex, or drug dealing in order to provide for their basic needs.  Since 1996, SOP has been aiding this population by funding grantees to provide street-based services to runaway, homeless, and street youth who have been subjected to, or are at risk of being subjected to, sexual abuse, prostitution, or sexual exploitation.  These services, which are provided in areas where street youth congregate, are designed to assist such youth in making healthy choices regarding where they live and how they behave. SOP grantees provide support services that aim to move youth into stable housing and prepare them for independence. The program’s ultimate goal is to prevent the sexual abuse or exploitation of young people living on the streets or in unstable housing.

Amount: Total funding under this announcement is $2,248,804 for 20 grants ranging from $90,000-$200,000. Grantees must provide at least 10 percent of the total approved cost of the project.

Eligibility: State governments; private institutions of higher education; nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education; independent school districts; special district governments; public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities; county governments; Native American tribal organizations; city or township governments; nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education; Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized); and public and State controlled institutions of higher education.

Link: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/files/HHS-2014-ACF-ACYF-YO-0790_0.htm

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