U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Maternity Group Home Program
The Maternity Group Home (MGH) grant program will provide funding to programming offering safe, stable, and appropriate shelter for pregnant and/or parenting youth ages 16 to under 22 and their young families for 18 months and, under extenuating circumstances, up to 21 months who are experiencing homelessness.
Pursuant to the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA), projects must “…establish, strengthen, or fund a transitional living youth project for homeless youth,” and “…develop an adequate plan to ensure proper referral of homeless youth to social service, law enforcement, educational (including post-secondary education) and vocational training, and welfare, legal service, and health care programs. The projects are required to help integrate and coordinate such services for youths.” Grantees providing maternity-related care services must provide the opportunity to develop parenting skills, child-care, child development education, and health and nutrition services.
The primary goal of the MGH is to promote long-term, economic independence to ensure the well-being of youth and young families, and preventing intergenerational poverty by strengthening their family. All MGH projects must provide shelter and supportive services, including:
- Safe, stable, and appropriate shelter
- Comprehensive pregnant and/or parenting youth-centered services model
- Sustainability plan
Amount: Approximately $4,500,000 is available to make up to 18 awards ranging from $100,000-$250,000 and averaging $175,000 for a project period of 36 months.
Eligibility: Public and non-profit private entities and coordinated networks of such entities to establish and operate transitional living youth projects for homeless youth.
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