U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Transitional Living Program Special Population Demonstration Project: LGBTQ Runaway and Homeless Youth and Young AdultsDeadline: August 1, 2016
The Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) Runaway Homeless Youth Programs is committed to facilitating healing and recovery and promoting the social and emotional well-being of children, youth, and families, who have experienced neglect, exposure to violence, and/or trauma. Awards governed by this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) are designed to ensure that effective interventions are in place to build skills and capacities that contribute to the healthy, positive, and productive functioning of children and the healthy transition of youth into adulthood.
The purpose of the LGBTQ Runaway and Homeless Youth and Young Adults demonstration project is to implement, enhance, and/or support a framework or model that incorporates promising strategies for the effective transition of homeless youth and/or young adults to self-sufficiency. The target populations are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and/or Questioning (LGBTQ) runaway and homeless youth 16 to 21 and/or young adults who have left foster care after the age of 18 to age 21. Based on an assessment of community needs, prospective applicants may choose which population to serve or serve both.
The following intervention strategies are the suggested approach for projects to design supportive activities to promote self-sufficiency among homeless youth and/or young adults.
- Implement screening and assessment tools that will guide identification, assistance, and referral for delivery of appropriate services, and that are conducted in a manner that protects youth safety and that allows for voluntary, affirming self-disclosure.
- Provide comprehensive services, using a comprehensive youth services model, designed to help young people who are homeless transition to self-sufficiency.
- Provide safe, stable, and appropriate shelter.
Amount: $5,000,000 is available for 8 awards ranging from $250,000-$625,000 each year for two years.
Eligibility: States, localities, and private entities (and combinations of such entities). Priority will be given to applicants who have experience working with runaway and homeless youth.