U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: Juvenile Re-Entry Assistance ProgramDeadline: January 4, 2016
The Juvenile Re-entry Assistance Program (JRAP) works to help youth confined in juvenile detention and correctional facilities to improve chances for reentry, reduce recidivism, and address the challenges the youth face while trying to reintegrate into their communities. JRAP will support successful transition of juveniles into the community by reducing barriers to public housing, employment, and/or educational opportunities. Funding is provided for: 1) current public housing resident youth up to 24 years old who have a criminal record, and/or 2) former household members (who are youth up to 24 years old) of current public housing residents who, but for their criminal record, would be living in public housing. These services must be in accordance with state law.
JRAP seeks to alleviate the collateral consequences associated with a criminal record by assisting the target youth. The program provides grant funding to Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) who have established a partnership with a legal aid organization, university legal center, public defender’s office, or other legal service organization that is a non-profit and has experience providing legal services to juveniles. The JRAP program focuses on: 1) expunging/sealing/correcting juvenile and adult criminal records for the target youth, and 2) providing other services that will assist the target youth to mitigate/prevent collateral consequences (e.g., development of collateral consequences checklists, dissemination of information/resources on collateral consequences, reinstate a driver’s license, etc.)
In this program, expunging/sealing/correcting is not allowed for criminal records of makers of methamphetamine on public housing property, for criminal records of sex offenders on the lifetime sex offender registry, and for criminal records where the crime was domestic violence or a Part I Violent Crime. Further, other services eligible under this program are prohibited for individuals who were convicted of the same criminal violations listed above.
Amount: $1,750,000 will be available to fund approximately 18 awards, ranging from $10,000-$100,000 per project period. Applicants are required match 25% of the total grant amount requested.
Eligibility: Eligible applicants are only PHAs who have established a partnership with a legal aid organization, university legal center, public defender’s office, or other legal service organization that is a nonprofit and has experience providing legal services to juveniles.