U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources: Basic Center Program
The Basic Center Program (BCP) will provide emergency shelter and counseling services to youth who have left home without permission of their parents or guardians, have been forced to leave home, or other homeless youth who might otherwise end up in contact with law enforcement or in the child welfare, mental health, or juvenile justice systems.
Through the provision of temporary, emergency shelter and services, indicators of improvements include, but are not limited to:
- Social and Emotional Well-being: Youth will connect to system of care providers to assist with physical health, substance abuse, mental health, personal safety (e.g., identify potential trafficking situations), and sexual risk behaviors they may face
- Permanent Connections: Youth will experience ongoing attachments to families, communities, schools, and other social networks
- Education or Employment: Youth will connect to school or vocational training programs, or improve interviewing skills, job attainment skills, and/or obtain employment
- Safe and Stable housing: Youth will transition to safe and stable housing to include moving in with family, when appropriate, or other permanent supportive housing
Amount: Approximately $16,242,724 is available to make up to 89 awards ranging from $50,000-$200,000 per year for a 36-month project period.
Eligibility: Public and nonprofit entities and combinations of such entities. Priority will be given to eligible applicants who have demonstrated experience in providing services to runaway and homeless youth.
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