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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Transitional Living Program and Maternity Group Homes

Deadline: July 14, 2017

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 between the ages of 16 to under 22 will realize improvements in four core outcome areas (i.e., stable housing, education/employment, permanent connections, and social and emotional well-being). Indicators of improvements include, but are not limited to:

  • Stable housing: Youth or pregnant and parenting youth and their dependent children will transition to a safe and stable housing that appropriately matches their level of needs after leaving a TLP to include: rapid re-housing, permanent supportive housing, moving in with family, residential treatment center, or substance abuse treatment facility.
  • Education/Employment: Youth or pregnant and parenting youth will connect to schools or post-secondary or vocational training programs. Vocational training will assist youth to improve interviewing skills, enhance job skills, and learn how to search for employment.
  • 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 will develop healthy family engagement strategies and co-parenting skills.
  • Social and emotional well-being: Youth or pregnant and parenting youth will connect to the systems of care providers to assist with physical health, substance abuse, mental health, personal safety (e.g., identify potential trafficking situations), and sexual risk behaviors they may face.

Additionally, Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) programs must provide street-based services to youth victims of trafficking. RHY 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. RHY programs are encouraged to enhance their human trafficking prevention and intervention efforts to minimize these incidents among vulnerable youth and effectively identify trafficked youth.

The project framework components include:

  • Positive youth development: Projects must use and integrate into the operation of their projects the principles of positive youth development, including healthy messages, safe and structured places, adult role models, skill development, and opportunities to serve others
  • Trauma-informed care: Projects must design activities in such a way that prevents re-traumatization; services must respond to behavioral problems as maladaptive coping mechanisms in order to help a youth reframe their life narrative from one of victim to resilient survivor by creating a low anxiety atmosphere characterized by high levels of trust
  • Evidence-informed practices: Projects must incorporate practices with evidence of effectiveness
  • Social support and relationship capacity building: Projects must include strategies for helping youth build protective factors such as connections with schools, employment, health care, legal services, appropriate family members and other caring adults
  • Understanding experiences: Projects must address how youth frame what has happened to them in the past and help youth positively shape their beliefs about the future
  • Developmentally appropriate: Projects must be attuned to the developmental impact of negative experiences and address related strengths and deficits to ensure youth develop a healthy trajectory
  • Coping strategies: Projects must help youth transform maladaptive coping methods into healthier, more productive strategies

Project requirements include to:

  • Engage in the coordinated entry process in the community
  • Implement screening and assessment tools that will guide identification, assistance, and referral for delivery of appropriate services
  • Provide comprehensive services designed to help young people who are homeless make a successful transition to sustainable living
  • Provide safe, stable, and appropriate shelter

Amount: A total of $20,056,829 is available to award 103 grants that range from $100,000-$194,726 and average at $194,726. The project period is for 60 months with five 12-month budget periods. 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 with experience working with runaway and homeless youth. Selected applicants will represent diverse geographic regions of the United States.

Link: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/HHS-2017-ACF-ACYF-CX-1233

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