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Department of Justice: Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Transitional Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking

Deadline: February 24, 2015

The OVW Transitional Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Program (Transitional Housing Assistance Grant Program), focuses on a holistic, victim-centered approach to providing transitional housing services that move survivors into permanent housing. Awards made under this grant program support programs that provide assistance to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking who are in need of transitional housing, short-term housing assistance, and related supportive services. Successful transitional housing programs provide a wide range of flexible and optional services that reflect the differences and individual needs of victims and allow victims to choose the course of action that is best for them. Transitional housing programs may offer individualized services such as counseling, support groups, safety planning, and advocacy services as well as practical services such as licensed child care, employment services, transportation vouchers, and referrals to other agencies. Trained staff and case managers may also be available to work with survivors to help them determine and reach their goals for permanent housing.

In FY 2015, funds may be used for the following purposes:

  1. Programs that provide transitional housing, including funding for the operating expenses of newly developed or existing transitional housing;Programs that provide 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
  2. Programs that provide support services designed to enable a minor, an adult, or a dependent of such minor or adult, who is fleeing a situation of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking to: (a) locate and secure permanent housing; (b) secure employment, including obtaining employment counseling, occupational training, job retention counseling, and counseling concerning re-entry in to the workforce; and (c) integrate into a community by providing that minor, adult, or dependent with services, such as transportation, counseling, child care services, case management, and other assistance.

Amount: Total: $20,000,000; Range: $250,000-$350,000; Total number: Up to 68.

Eligibility: Eligible entities for this program are: states; units of local government; Indian tribal governments or Tribal organizations; other organizations, including sexual assault and domestic violence victim service providers, sexual assault and domestic violence, and other nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations, including community-based and culturally specific organizations, that have a documented history of effective work considering victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking. Applicants must confirm that they will provide both housing and supportive services but may limit their use of OVW funds to one purpose area provided they can document availability and source of non-Transitional Housing Assistance Grant Program funds for the other purpose area for the duration of the award.

Required Partnerships: Nonprofit or tribal sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking victim service organizations must be involved in the development and implementation of the project. All applicants that are not nonprofit or tribal organizations serving survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking, must enter into a formal collaboration with such an organization and make clear they are intricately involved in the implementation of the program and project activities. All applicants that are nonprofit or tribal organizations serving survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking must collaborate with at least one other organization to expand the scope of services available to victims (e.g., job training organization, housing authority, or legal services agency). Applicants must include compensation for at least one, if not all of their project partners, for time and travel to participate in project development, training, and implementation. If a partner is a state or local government agency and their partnership duties are conducted within the course of the agency’s “regular” scope of work, the applicant does not need to compensate the partner.

Link: http://www.justice.gov/ovw/open-solicitations

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