Basic Center Grant

The purpose of Part A of the RHY Act (Runaway and Homeless Youth Grant Program) is to establish or strengthen locally controlled community-based programs that address the immediate needs of runaway and homeless youth and their families.

Services must be delivered outside of the law enforcement,
child welfare, mental health, and juvenile justice systems.

The goals and objectives of the Basic Center Program are to: 1) alleviate problems of runaway and homeless youth; 2) reunite youth with their families, if deemed safe, and encourage the resolution of intra-family problems through counseling and other services; 3) strengthen family relationships and encourage stable living conditions for youth; and 4) help youth decide on constructive courses of action.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Contact: Administration for Children and Families, Regional Offices, Family and Youth Services Bureau, Division of Adolescent Development and Support (See Appendix IV of this Catalog for the addresses of the Regional Offices.).



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Project Oz $ 200,000   2018-09-302021-09-29
Children's Bureau, Inc. $ 86,135   2018-09-302021-09-29
Stopover Inc $ 199,887   2018-09-302021-09-29
Volunteers Of America Of Los Angeles $ 200,000   2018-09-302021-09-29
Comprehensive Juvenile Services $ 115,602   2018-09-302021-09-29
Franklin County Dial Self Inc $ 199,999   2018-09-302021-09-29
Our House, Inc. $ 200,000   2018-09-302021-09-29
Catholic Family Services $ 200,000   2018-09-302021-09-29
Morgan County Systems Of Service $ 200,000   2018-09-302021-09-29
Oswego County Opportunities, Inc. $ 200,000   2018-09-302021-09-29



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: A total of 296 grants were awarded, to include 98 for new programs and 198 grant awards to support existing programs. Fiscal Year 2017: It is anticipated that a total of 289 grants will be awarded, to include 107 for new start programs and 182 grant awards to support existing programs. Fiscal Year 2018: It is anticipated a total of 296 grants will be awarded with 97 being new awards and 199 awards to support existing programs.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Each Basic Center Program is required to provide outreach to runaway and homeless youth; street-based services to youth victims of trafficking; temporary shelter for up to twenty one (21) days; food; clothing; individual, group and family counseling; aftercare and referrals, as appropriate.

Basic Center Programs are required to provide their services in residential settings for no more than twenty (20) youth unless a state or local law or regulation requires a higher maximum to comply with licensure requirements for facilities serving child and youth.

Some programs also provide part or all of their shelter services through host homes (usually private homes under contract to the centers), with counseling and referrals being provided from a central location.

Basic Center Programs offer shelter to youth who are less than 18 years of age and who are at risk of separation from their family.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

States, localities, private entities, and coordinated networks of such entities are eligible to apply for a Basic Center Program grant unless they are part of the law enforcement structure or the juvenile justice system.

Federally recognized Indian organizations are also eligible to apply for grants as private, non-profit agencies.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Runaway and homeless youth and their families are the beneficiaries. Services can be provided to youth up to the age of 18.

Credentials/Documentation

Nonprofit organizations must submit proof of nonprofit status. Applicable costs and administrative procedures will be determined in accordance with Part 75 of Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Application for Federal Assistance, Standard Form 424 must be submitted. Specific instructions are published via the Internet under the Form section at the following website address: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants.

Award Procedures

All applications are reviewed by panels of nonfederal experts which assigns scores according to the published evaluation criteria. The panels' scores are factored into the recommendations for funding. Scores and recommendations are reviewed by the Associate Commissioner of the Family and Youth Services Bureau, who makes recommendations to the ACYF Commissioner, who makes the final funding decisions.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Reconnecting Homeless Youth Act of 2008 Runaway and Homeless Youth Act, Title III, Part A, Section 311, Public Law 110-378 , 42 U.S.C 5711(a)(1).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Awards are generally made for 3-year project periods; funding for the second and third year is dependent upon satisfactory performance and availability of funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Public Law Reconnecting Homeless Youth Act. The statute contains a formula for allocation of funds by State. It is based on the population of each State under age 18 as a proportion of the current national population under age 18. Matching Requirements: Percent: 10%. Federal share of grant is up to 90 percent. The nonfederal share may be in cash or in-kind contributions. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants are awarded competitively for project periods of up to 3 years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Method of awarding/releasing assistance: annually.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

No program reports are required.

Reports are submitted quarterly using the SF-272 Federal Cash Transaction Report through the payment management system.

Funded applicants are required to submit semi-annual program narrative reports, a final program narrative at the completion of the three-year funding cycle as well as Runaway and Homeless Youth ?Homeless Management Information System (RHY-HMIS) client service data reports.

Funded applicants are required to submit semi-annual SF-425 financial reports as well as a final SF- 425 financial report 90 days after the completion of the three-year funding cycle.

Federal program specialists conduct on-site monitoring visits in concert with the information from RHY-HMIS to assess performance.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.

Records

All financial records are to be maintained 3 years after termination of the project or until an audit is completed, whichever occurs first.

Financial Information

Account Identification

75-1536-0-1-506.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $51,310,582; FY 17 est $50,912,164; and FY 18 est $51,401,960

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$100,000 to $200,000 per budget period. Average $168,535.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Contact Headquarters Office listed below for available literature. You may also get information on the Family and Youth Services Bureau website at the following address http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/fysb under the 'About' section. Information is also available through the National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth, 5515 Security Lane, Suite 800, North Bethesda, MD 20852. Telephone: (301) 608-8098. Fax: (301) 608-8721. The National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth website address is www.ncfy.com.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Contact: Administration for Children and Families, Regional Offices, Family and Youth Services Bureau, Division of Adolescent Development and Support (See Appendix IV of this Catalog for the addresses of the Regional Offices.).

Headquarters Office

Christopher Holloway 330 C Street, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20201 Email: christopher.holloway@acf.hhs.gov Phone: (202) 205-9560

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

An assessment is made on the basis of the degree to which: (1) the likelihood that the proposal will provide necessary services including emergency shelter, counseling, and aftercare to runaway and other homeless youth and their families; (2) reasonableness of cost of these services; and (3) qualifications of staff. Applications will be evaluated based on the criteria published in the Funding Opportunity Announcement located on the following website address: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants.



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