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Department of Justice: Transitional Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking

Deadline: February 16, 2018

Transitional Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Program (Transitional Housing Assistance Grant Program) supports programs that provide 6-24 months of transitional housing with support services for victims who are homeless or in need of transitional housing, as a result of a situation of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking; and for whom emergency shelter services or other crisis intervention services are unavailable or insufficient. Grants target programs with a holistic, victim-centered approach to providing transitional housing that move survivors into permanent housing.

Transitional Housing Program funds may be used for the following purposes:

  • Transitional housing, including funding for the operating expenses of newly developed or existing transitional housing.
  • Short-term housing assistance, including rental or utility payments assistance and assistance with related expenses such as payment of security deposits and other costs incidental to relocation to transitional housing.
  • Voluntary support services for recipients of transitional housing, including counseling, childcare, transportation, and life skills, educational and/or job training. Support services should be 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, 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.

Priority areas are identified below. Applications proposing activities in the following areas will receive additional points and/or special consideration during the review process.

  • Increase access to the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) programming for specific marginalized and/or underserved populations (based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, etc.)
  • Address the unique risks and challenges faced by veterans who are homeless or in need of transitional housing assistance as a result of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking

Amount: A total $20,000,000 is available to award up to 65 grants that range from $300,000-$350,000. The award period is 36 months.

Eligibility: States; units of local government; Indian tribes; other organizations, including sexual assault and domestic violence victim service providers, sexual assault and domestic violence, and other organizations, including sexual assault and domestic violence victim service providers, sexual assault and domestic violence coalitions, other nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations, or community-based and culturally specific organizations, that have a documented history of effective work concerning sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking. Grant recipients must provide both housing and supportive services. Grant funds can be used to provide transitional housing, support services, or both. If funds are only used to provide either transitional housing or support services, then the other service must be provided by a project partner and/or another funding source.

Required partnerships: An application must include both a victim service provider and at least one other organization (e.g., a housing provider, local homelessness coalition, or other social service provider serving low-income households, including community colleges, workforce centers, community action agencies and public assistance departments). An application from a tribe, state or unit of local government must include both a victim service provider and a housing provider. The victim service provider must play an active role in the development and implementation of the project.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=299836

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