DOJ Office on Violence Against Women – Transitional Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Stalking or Sexual Assault Program (FY 2018)

Applications Due: February 16, 2018, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time

Description: The Transitional Housing Program makes grants to programs to 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 sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking; and for whom emergency shelter services or other crisis intervention services are unavailable or insufficient. OVW is interested in programs with a holistic, victim-centered approach to providing transitional housing services that move survivors into permanent housing. Transitional housing can be provided in facilities that are owned by the applicant, in units that are leased by the applicant, or by providing rental assistance for units leased directly to victims. Support services offered should help transitional housing participants locate and secure permanent housing, secure employment, and integrate into a community. Examples of support services include employment counseling, occupational training, transportation, counseling, child care services, safety planning, case management, and other assistance. Support services must be offered to survivors on a voluntary basis. Voluntary support services are designed with survivor-input to meet the individual needs of each survivor. When implementing a voluntary services model through a trauma-informed approach, effective transitional housing supports the self-determination of survivors and adapts services to their individual needs. Staff who have been trained in working with victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking may also be funded to support transitional housing participants.

Funding Title: OVW FY 2018 Transitional Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking

Agency Name: Office on Violence Against Women

Funding Opportunity Number:   OVW-2018-13826

 Funding Instrument Type: Grant

Express Language for Legal Aid:

Legal Services are listed under “Limited Use of Funds”

The following activities can be supported only in limited circumstances:

  • Legal Services – Use of grant funds for legal services is limited to providing legal services to transitional housing program participants. Participants may receive limited legal services throughout program participation. The provision of limited legal services shall terminate upon participants’ entry into permanent housing. Legal services are limited to those that are necessary to enable a transitional housing program participant to locate and secure housing, and to integrate into a community, including legal services regarding housing, protection orders, and limited immigration matters will be affect a victim’s ability to obtain housing (such as U-visas). Funds under this grant program may not be used for comprehensive, long-term legal assistance, such as divorce or child custody.

Target Population: Victim of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking

Expected Number of Awards: 70

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No

Estimated Total Program Funding: $20,000,000

Award Ceiling: $350,000

Award Floor: $0

How to Apply:  Applications for the Transitional Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking will be submitted through Grants.gov

Current Closing Date for Applications:   by February 16, 2018, 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time

Pre-Application Conference Calls: OVW will conduct 2 pre-application information sessions for entities interested in submitting an application for the Transitional Housing Program. Participation in these sessions is optional. Interested applicants who do not participate are still eligible to apply. During these sessions, OVW staff will review the Transitional Housing Program requirements, review the solicitation, and allow for a brief question and answer period. These sessions are tentatively scheduled for:

The sessions are tentatively scheduled for:

  1. January 24, 2018 at 1:00 pm E.T.
  2. January 25, 2018 at 1:00 pm E.T.

Eligible Applicants: Eligible applicants are limited to:

  1. States;
  2. Units of local government;
  3. Indian tribal governments or tribal organizations; and
  4. Other organizations, including sexual assault and domestic violence victim service providers, sexual assault and domestic violence coalitions, other nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations, or community-based and culturally specific organizations, that have a documented history of effective work concerning sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking.

Priority Consideration:

OVW Priority Areas

In FY 2018, OVW is interested in supporting the priority areas identified below. Applications proposing activities in the following areas will receive additional points and/or special consideration, as appropriate, during the review process.

  1. Meaningfully increase access to OVW programming for specific marginalized and/or underserved populations1 (based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity,
    disability, age, etc.).

    Applicants must identify if their application addresses this priority in the Summary Data Sheet and then complete the section in the Project Narrative that focuses specifically on underserved populations. During the review process, OVW will determine which applications are responsive to this priority and are addressing the underserved population(s) in a thoughtful and strategic manner. Applications determined to address this priority during the review process may receive
    special consideration, as appropriate.

  1.  Address the unique risks and challenges faced by veterans who are homeless or in need of transitional housing assistance as a result of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking.

    Women veterans may have unique risk factors for intimate partner violence2 and may face
    unique challenges in seeking housing and support services when they become homeless as a
    result of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking. Therefore, OVW encourages applicants to develop strategies for responding to veterans as part of their overall
    proposals to serve victims in their communities. Applicants must identify if their applications address this priority in the Summary Data Sheet and complete the section in the Project
    Narrative that focuses specifically on addressing the challenges faced by veterans who are homeless as a result of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking. This
    section will be assessed during peer review. In addition, OVW will determine which applications are most responsive to this priority and are addressing it in a thoughtful and strategic manner. Applications determined to meaningfully address this priority during the review process may receive up to 5 additional points.

Link to Full Announcement: Here 

Contact Information: For assistance with the requirements of this solicitation, call OVW at (202) 307-6026 or email ovw.transitionalhousing@usdoj.gov .

 

 

 

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Categories: DOJ, Domestic Violence, Government Organizations, Housing, LGBT, Native American, Native American Tribes or Tribal Organizations, Sexual Assault, Subgrant Possibilities, Tribal, Veterans, Victims of Crime, Violence Against Women

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