Applications Due: January 4, 2016, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
Juvenile reentry strategies too often do not include legal services, and the legal aid community often lacks resources to independently address expungement and collateral consequences. As a response, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention at the Department of Justice is providing funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide $1.75 million to aid eligible public housing residents who are under the age of 25 to expunge or seal their records in accordance with their applicable state laws. Having a criminal record can result in major barriers to securing a job and other productive opportunities in life, and this program will enable young people whose convictions are expungable to start over.
Funding Title: Juvenile Reentry Assistance Program (JRAP)
Estimated Total Program Funding: $1.75 million
Funding Opportunity Number: FR-5900-N-09
Agency Name: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Express Language for Legal Aid: Yes. Program requirements state that “…(no less than 93 percent) of the grant funds must be contracted to the non-profit legal aid organization, university legal center, public defender’s office, or other legal service organization (with whom it has partnered under the MOU) in order to provide the expunging/sealing/correcting services and other related services.”
Target Population: Target youth includes: 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
Expected Number of Awards: 18
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: Yes
In order to be considered for funding, all applicants are required to have in place at the time of grant application a committed match contribution equivalent to 25% of the total grant amount requested. The purpose of the match is to ensure that each applicant’s Juvenile Reentry program is comprised of services that meet the needs of the program. Match resources must directly contribute to the Juvenile Reentry Assistance Program and can be cash or in-kind donation. For each commitment of match, whether cash or in-kind, a letter that firmly commits the resources must be on-file with the applicant (i.e., do not submit them with the application) and available for review upon request. The letters must be signed and dated by the organization committing the match, and be on organizational letterhead. Applicants must include a table in the application with the following information summarizing the match commitments you have secured.
How to Apply:
An electronic copy of the Application Package and Application Instructions for this NOFA can be downloaded from Grants.gov at http://www.grants.gov/applicants/apply-for-grants.html. Unless an applicant received a waiver for good cause, applications must be submitted electronically via Grants.govexcept Continuum of Care applications. The Continuum of Care application is submitted through HUD’s e-snaps system. An applicant demonstrating good cause may request a waiver from the requirement for electronic submission. Applicants that cannot submit their applications electronically and must seek a waiver of the electronic grant submission requirements must submit a waiver request so that the request is received at least 15 days before the application deadline. If HUD waives the requirement, your paper application must be received by HUD before the deadline of this NOFA. To request a waiver and receive a paper copy of the application materials, you should contact: Ronald Ashford Department of Housing and Urban Development Division of Public and Indian Housing 451 7th Street SW Washington, DC 20410 Email: JRAPAhud.gov
Current Closing Date for Applications: January 4, 2016, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
Length of Project Period: April 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017
Project Start Date: April 1, 2016
Award Ceiling: $10,000 per project period
Award Floor: $100,000 per project period
Eligible Applicants: Eligible applicants are only 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.
Priority Consideration: Priority points are not available for this program.
Link to Full Announcement: Here
Contact Information: HUD staff will be available to provide clarification on the content of this NOFA. Please note that HUD staff cannot assist applicants in preparing their applications. Questions regarding specific program requirements should be directed to the point of contact listed below. Questions should be emailed directly to JRAP@hud.gov.