U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Transitional Living Program and Maternity Group HomesDeadline: April 5, 2018
The Transitional Living Program and Maternity Group Homes program (TLP/MGH) goal is to help runaway and homeless youth between the ages of 16 to under 22 establish sustainable living and well-being for themselves and, if applicable, their dependent children. Through the provision of shelter and services, TLP youth will realize improvements in the following core outcome areas:
- Well-being: Youth or pregnant and parenting youth will connect to system of care providers to assist with physical health, dental health, and mental health.
- Permanent connections: Youth or pregnant and parenting youth will experience ongoing attachments to families, communities, schools, and other social networks. For the purposes of the MGH, pregnant and/or parenting youth have developed healthy family engagement strategies and co-parenting skills.
- Education or employment: Youth or pregnant and parenting youth will connect to school including post-secondary education or vocational training program; improvement in interviewing skills; job attainment skills, and employment.
- Stable housing: Youth or pregnant and parenting youth and their dependent child(ren) will transition to safe and stable housing that appropriately matches their level of need after leaving a TLP/MGH to include rapid re-housing, permanent supportive housing, moving in with family, personal safety, residential treatment center or substance abuse treatment facility.
Additionally, RTLP/MGH projects must ensure youth are engaged in educational advancement, job attainment skills, or work activities while in the program. MGH projects need to ensure and report that youth receive consistent pre-natal care and, for the infant, well-baby exams and immunizations while in the program. Finally, each TLP/MGH projects must ensure youth have safe and appropriate exits when leaving the program.
The project approach includes the following components:
1. Safe, stable, and appropriate shelter:
- TLP/MGH projects must provide safe and stable housing throughout a continuous period not to exceed 540 days, or in exceptional circumstances 635 days, except that a young person who has not reached 18 years of age on the last day of the 635-day period may, in exceptional circumstances and if otherwise qualified for the program, remain in the program until the youth’s 18th birthday.
- TLP/MGH projects will have an agreement and/or linkage with a youth emergency shelter in circumstances when there are no current TLP openings.
- TLP/MGH projects will provide direct on-site supervision at each shelter facility that is not a family host home. Shelter facilities will have a ratio of staff to youth that is sufficient to ensure all homeless youth receive adequate supervision and services. Shelter facility will have the capacity to accommodate a minimum of four and not more than 20 individuals (excluding staff). Shelters staff will be trained to interact with youth victims of trafficking or other similar traumatic experiences. Transportation to the shelter should be available, as needed, and barriers to entry should be low enough that it is easily accessible by youth.
- For MGH purposes: There will be a separate bed each for youth and the infant/child. In addition, the facility will ensure accommodations will limit the risk of or prevent injuries associated with falling, burning, and electrical hazards, and safe bath and tub space.
2. Comprehensive services designed to help young people who are homeless make a successful transition to sustainable living to include:
- Outreach Plan: TLP/MGH projects will perform outreach in coordination with other organizations serving the same or similar client populations, such as child welfare agencies, juvenile justice systems, schools, and Continuums of Care (CoC).
- Gateway services: When necessary and appropriate to facilitate the delivery of required TLP/MGH shelter and services, projects must provide food, drink, clothing, personal safety information (e.g., national youth hotlines, local hotlines), transportation and hygiene products to prevent malnutrition and ill-health while building trust with workers in order for the youth to be successful in the program.
- Case Management: TLP/MGH projects must provide intensive case management to youth receiving services. The following list includes specific programmatic requirements for case management planning for youth and MGH projects, including individualized service or treatment plan, record keeping and case management for infant/toddler, service coordination plan, child care plan, transitional living plan, and aftercare services.
3. Coordinated entry process in the community: At a minimum, TLP/MGH projects will work with their local CoC(s) to ensure referrals are coordinated and youth have access to all of the community’s resources. If the Project’s community does not currently include youth in its coordinated entry system, projects will assist their CoC(s) in the development of a Coordinated Entry (CE) system for youth. Projects should also identify and work with agencies that provide appropriate services to youth victims of trafficking.
4. Screening and assessment tools that will guide identification, assistance, and referral for delivery of appropriate services: TLP/MGH projects will implement standardized methods to screen and assess each youth’s situation at initial program entry, such as immediate needs, physical health, potential victimization (e.g., sex trafficking, labor trafficking, commercial sexual exploitation, sexual assault), behavioral health, connection to family, safety, access to resources, issues of neglect, or abuse and other risk and protective factors impacting well-being and sustainable living.
Amount: A total of $17,786,711 is available to award 63 grants that range from $100,000-$283,322 and average $194,726. Applicants should not request more than $283,322 for the initial 17 months. In addition to the initial 17 month award, the 41 month project period includes two, 12 month, non-competing continuation awards of not more than $200,000 each. The total 41 month project period should not exceed $683,322. Grantees must provide at least 10 percent of the total approved cost of the project.
Eligibility: Public and nonprofit private entities, community organizations, and faith-based organizations. Priority will be given to applicants who have experience in providing to homeless youth shelter and services.