Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), a component of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), is seeking applications for 2021 Transitional Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking.
The Transitional Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking (Transitional Housing Program (CFDA 16.736)) supports programs that provide 6-24 months of transitional housing with support services for victims who are homeless or in need of transitional housing as a result of a situation of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking; and whom emergency shelter services or other crisis intervention services are unavailable or insufficient.
Pursuant to 34 U.S.C. § 12351(b), funds under this program must be used for one or more of the following purposes:
- transitional housing, including funding for the operating expenses of newly developed or existing transitional housing;
- short-term housing assistance, including rental or utilities payments assistance and assistance with related expenses such as payment of security deposits and other costs incidental to relocation to transitional housing; and
- support services designed to enable a minor, an adult, or a dependent of such minor or adult, who is fleeing a situation of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking to,
- locate and secure permanent housing;
- secure employment, including obtaining employment counseling, occupational training, job retention counseling, and counseling concerning re-entry into the workforce; and
- integrate into a community by providing that minor, adult, or dependent with services, such as transportation, counseling, child care services, case management, and other assistance. Participation in the support services shall be voluntary.
OVW Priority Areas
In FY 2021, OVW is interested in supporting the priority area(s) identified below. Applications proposing activities in the following areas will be given special consideration as appropriate during the review process:
- Empower victims to become survivors by focusing on long-term safety and sustainable economic independence.
- Increase the response to victims of human trafficking.
- Primarily serve underserved populations.
- Anticipated Number of Awards: 75
- Anticipated Maximum Dollar Amount of Awards: $500,000.00
- Period of Performance Start Date: 10/1/21 12:00 AM
- Period of Performance Duration (Months): 36
- Anticipated Total Amount to be Awarded Under Solicitation: $37,000,000.00
Mandatory Program Requirements
Applicants that receive funding under this program will be required to engage in the following activities:
- OVW-sponsored training and technical assistance (TTA).
- OVW may conduct a program assessment or evaluation necessitating grantee involvement. Therefore, recipients may be expected to dedicate some OVW-funded time and resources to participating in an assessment or evaluation.
- Submit the policies, procedures, and rules governing the provision of the transitional housing and related support services for review and approval (post award). Grantees will be required to revise and/or remove an activity that OVW determines may compromise victim safety, is unallowable, or does not conform to best practices for providing transitional housing to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
- Offer transitional housing and services for at least six months and no more than 24 months with OVW grant funds. Pursuant to 34 U.S.C. § 12351(c)(2), a recipient may waive the 24-month limit for up to six months for any victim who has made a good faith effort to acquire permanent housing but has not been able to do so.
- Offer support services only to individuals receiving transitional housing (other than follow-up services described below).
- Offer follow-up support services for transitional housing clients who secure permanent housing. Follow-up services are limited to advocacy, support groups, case management, and minimal financial assistance (e.g., security deposit or first month’s rent for permanent housing); and are provided for at least three months but not more than a year.
- Significantly involve a victim service provider in the implementation of the project, including the development and review of all policies and procedures and the provision of support services.
- Ensure that any staff, partner staff, or service providers working with transitional housing survivors are trained to work with victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
- Send the project coordinator and one other key staff member to an in-person OVW grantee orientation.
- Send key staff to an in-person OVW-sponsored training on voluntary services.
- Agree to provide transitional housing to their clients without requiring participation in support services.
- Notify OVW of any changes to the source of funding used to provide transitional housing.
- Compensate at least one, if not all, of their project partners for time and travel to participate in project development, training, and implementation. If a partner is a state or unit of local government and the partnership duties are conducted within the course of the agency’s “regular” scope of work, the applicant does not need to compensate the partner if the partner offers this arrangement, and an explanation of this arrangement is included in the application
- City or township governments
- County governments
- State governments
- Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
- Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
- Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
- Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Additional Information on Eligibility
Eligible applicants are limited to: States, units of local government, Indian tribes, and other organizations, including domestic violence and sexual assault victim service providers, domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions, other nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations, or community-based and culturally specific organizations, that have a documented history of effective work concerning domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking in the United States or U.S. territories.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=330797