The Family and Youth Services Bureau recently released its Funding Opportunity Announcement for the Transitional Living (TLP) and Maternity Group Homes (MGH) Programs. The purpose of TLP/MGH is to provide an alternative for runaway and homeless youth who might otherwise end up with law enforcement or in the child welfare, mental health, or juvenile justice systems. Each TLP must provide a safe and appropriate shelter for up to 21 months of services with adult supervision, life and interpersonal skill building, career counseling and job skills, counseling, and medical care as appropriate. MGHs provide the same services as TLPs, in addition to providing parenting education and child care. Other services may include transportation, family planning, abstinence education, and pregnancy prevention services.
FYSB expects to distribute 31 awards nationally, ranging in size from $100,000-$200,000, per year for five years. Public and nonprofit agencies (including faith-based organizations) are eligible to apply; preference will be given to applicants with prior experience providing services to runaway, homeless and street youth. Applications must be submitted electronically and are due by January 15, 2014.
Current TLP/MGH grantees with grants that expire on or after March 31, 2014, but before the end of FY 2014, are eligible to apply for funds through this FOA for projects that are in the same service area and/or serving the same target population as their current grant. If competitively selected, an adjustment will be made to the start date of the FY 2014 grant to ensure that there is no overlap in funding with the existing grant.
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