U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Street Outreach ProgramDeadline: July 11, 2017
The Street Outreach program aims to provide street-based services to runaway, homeless, and street youth less than 22 years of age who have been subjected to, or are at risk of being subjected to, sexual abuse, prostitution, sexual exploitation, and severe forms of trafficking in persons. The intent is to increase young people’s personal safety, social and emotional well-being, self-sufficiency, and help them build permanent connections with families, communities, schools, and other positive social networks. The program seeks to reduce sexual exploitation and human trafficking incidents among at-risk, runaway, and homeless youth.
The scope of work includes outreach, prevention, individualized assessment, service linkages, case planning, and follow-up for youth. The program will support projects that:
- Implement outreach intervention strategies to keep youth safe and help them leave the streets
- Provide approaches to identify and minimize sexual exploitation and human trafficking situations
- Coordinate and sustain partnerships to expand access to services that respond to the needs of youth experiencing homelessness
- Establish and/or strengthen the integration of comprehensive services that enhance protective factors
- Provide preventive services that enhance protective factors, such as connection to schools, vocational services, friends, and caring adults
- Identify and provide services to youth who are victims of any type of sexual victimization and severe forms of human trafficking
Additionally, Street Outreach Programs must provide street-based services to youth victims of trafficking. Programs are required to increase their capacity to identify and provide services and/or service referrals to trafficked youth by participating in professional trainings and adding human trafficking elements into existing screening and assessment tools. Programs are encouraged to enhance their human trafficking prevention and intervention efforts to minimize these incidents among vulnerable youth and identify trafficked youth.
Amount: Approximately $2,754,733 for 17 grants, ranging from $90,000 to $200,000 and averaging $162,051. The length of the project period is up to three years. Grantees must provide at least 10 percent of the total approved cost of the project.
Eligibility: Eligible applicants include public and nonprofit private entities that include states, localities, coordinated networks of such entities, and faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements.