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93.623 Runaway and Homeless Youth
ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Missing, Exploited and Runaway Children Protection Act of 1999, Public Law 106-71.
The purpose of Part A of the RHY Act (Basic Center 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 and encourage the resolution of intrafamily problems through counseling and other services; 3) strengthen family relationships and encourage stable living conditions for youth; and 4) help youth decide upon constructive courses of action.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Each Basic Center program is required to provide outreach to runaway and homeless youth; temporary shelter for up to fifteen 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 at least four (4) youth and no more than twenty (20) youth. Some programs also provide some 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 shelter youth at risk of separation from the family who are less than 18 years of age, and who have a history of running away from their family. Basic Center must provide age appropriate services or referrals for homeless youth ages 18-21.
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.
Pre-application Coordination: Consultation or assistance is available from the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services. The standard application forms furnished by DHHS and required by OMB Circular No. A-102 must be used 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.
Formula and Matching Requirements: Federal share of grant is up to 90 percent. The nonfederal share may be in cash or in-kind. 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 national population under age 18.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Financial and program reports are due semiannually. A final report is due 90 days after conclusion of project period.
Account Identification: 75-1536-0-1-506.
In fiscal year 2001, 369 grants were awarded. It is anticipated that 314 grants will be awarded in fiscal year 2002 and 321 grants will be awarded in fiscal year 2003.
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 http://www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/fysb under policy and funding announcements. Information is also available through the National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth, P.O. Box 13505, Silver Spring, MD 20911-3505. Telephone: (301) 608-8098. Fax: (301) 608-8721. The National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth website is www.cfy.com.
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.).
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
Funded projects include local centers for runaway and homeless youth, Youth Development State Collaboration Programs, Training and Technical Assistance grants, and a toll-free National Communications System.
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 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. Specific criteria are published in the Federal Register.