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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Basic Center Program

Deadline: April 10, 2015

The purpose of the Basic Center Program is to provide temporary shelter and counseling services to youth who have left home without permission of their parents or guardians or to other homeless youth who might otherwise end up in the law enforcement or in the child welfare, mental health, or juvenile justice systems.
The scope of work includes access to shelter, gateway services, assessment, coordinated case management, follow-up, and continuum service linkages.

The intent is to increase young people’s safety, social and emotional well-being, self-sufficiency, and help them build permanent connections with families, communities, schools, and other positive social networks. Projects that provide the following supports are supported:

  • Provide services for runaway and homeless youth and the families of such youth
  • Establish an alternative to involving runaway and homeless youth in the law enforcement, child welfare, mental health, and juvenile justice systems
  • Provide safe and appropriate shelter for runaway and homeless youth
  • Provide individual, family, and group counseling
  • Reunite youth with their families when appropriate

Projects shall provide runaway, homeless, and street youth shelter or safe and stable housing for up to 21 days and individual, family, and group counseling, as appropriate. Projects may elect to provide street-based services; home-based services for families with youth at risk of separation from the family; drug abuse education and prevention services; and at the request of runaway and homeless youth, testing for sexually transmitted diseases. Shelter services must accommodate no less than 4 and not more than 20 youth, except where the grantee ensures that the state where the center or locally controlled facility is located has a state or local law or regulation that requires a higher maximum to comply with licensure requirements. The shelter must have a ratio of staff-to-youth that is sufficient to ensure adequate supervision and treatment. Transportation to the shelter should be available as needed, and barriers to entry should be low enough that it is easily accessible by youth.

Amount: Approximately $14,593,033 is available to fund up to 93 grants, ranging from $50,000 to $200,000 and lasting up to three years. Grantees must provide at least 10 percent of the total approved cost of the project.

Eligibility: Private institutions of higher education that are non-profit entities; public and nonprofit private entities, or a combination of such entities; and faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards. In selecting eligible applicants to receive grants under this funding opportunity announcement, priority will be given to private entities that have experience in providing shelter and services to runaway, homeless, and street youth.

Link: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/view/HHS-2015-ACF-ACYF-CY-0957

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