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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Preferred Communities (PC) Program

Deadline: August 1, 2016

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the Department of Health and Human Services seeks applications under the Preferred Communities (PC) Program. The twin goals of the PC Program are:

  • The successful resettlement and integration of especially vulnerable refugees (and other ORR clients)
  • The enhancement of PC service providers’ capacity to serve such populations at new or established PC locations

ORR aims to achieve these goals by awarding grants, under cooperative agreements, to well-qualified refugee service providers that operate, under cooperative agreements with the Department of State (DOS) and/or the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), to offer a range of reception and placement (R&P) services to refugees and other ORR client populations through a network of multiple resettlement locations across the United States. ORR uses the term “Preferred Communities” to refer to localities that offer excellent opportunities for refugees with special needs to achieve self-sufficiency in their identified area/s of vulnerability. PC sites are selected based on their ability to meet the goals of the PC Program, namely the successful resettlement and integration of especially vulnerable refugees (and other ORR client populations); and the enhancement of PC service providers’ capacity to provide specialized services to those refugees.

While R&P services effectively support many newly arriving refugees in their initial resettlement phase, an increasing number of especially vulnerable individuals still have difficulty navigating systems and attaining self-sufficiency. With limited material and human resources, agencies in turn find it challenging to deliver the specialized supporting services necessary for such individuals. By providing PC funds, ORR intends to facilitate the enhancement of PC Programs’ ability to place vulnerable refugees in areas where they are most likely to achieve self-sufficiency, and to offer specialized services after the completion of R&P services. The enhanced capacity of PC Programs to afford especially vulnerable refugees access to specialized services, such as intensive case management, is intended to result in these refugees’ attainment of self-sufficiency in their vulnerable life areas, which may include medical disabilities, trauma, and lack of access to supporting services.

The PC Program encompasses a comprehensive approach for refugee self-sufficiency and integration with the following four objectives:

  1. To Facilitate Refugee Self-Sufficiency: To facilitate the achievement of self-sufficiency of especially vulnerable refugee populations with special needs.
  2. To Support Service Providers: To support, through the use of pass-through funds to affiliates and implementing partners, the development of PC Programs’ capacity to assist special-needs refugee clients who require intensive case management.
  3. To Provide Resources: To provide resources for PC Programs to develop new capacity for placement and to cover the costs of changing community placements so that refugees, including those with special or unique needs, are resettled in particular sites where they will have optimal chances of attaining self-sufficiency and of integrating in their new communities.
  4. To Support Resettlement Communities: To alleviate the impact of increased or unanticipated arrivals in communities where state formula funds have not been allocated or are inadequate.

Amount: $15,510,907 is available for 9 grants ranging from $900,000-$3,500,000 per year for up to 5 years.

Eligibility: Public and private non-profit organizations, including faith-based and community organizations.

Link: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/view/HHS-2016-ACF-ORR-RP-1116

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