DOJ – Second Chance Act Pay for Success Initiative (2021)

Applications Due: March 16, 2021, 11:59 p.m. ET

This Pay for Success program is designed to assist state, local, and tribal governments, as well as public housing authorities, to enter into outcomes-based contracts that ties payment for services to reaching agreed upon goals. Under this initiative, services that may be purchased include permanent supportive and recovery housing, as well as other types of reentry services which are tailored to individuals leaving incarceration, particularly those with substance use disorders.

Helpful resources

  • The Urban Institute has a guide, which includes reviews of legislation and lessons learned, on using Pay for Success models in criminal justice projects, linked here
  • Presentation on July 26, 2019 at the MIE Fundraising Conference – Advancing Your Work with Federal Funding: Addressing the opioid  epidemic, facilitating reentry, and serving victims of crime (see slides on “Facilitating Reentry” for information about employment)
  • NLADA recently presented at a national conference on how legal aid can help individuals affected by substance use disorders. We also heard from two states on what they’re doing to address the opioid crisis. Access that presentation here.

Grant information

Number: O-BJA-2021-41005
Funding Title: Second Chance Act Pay for Success Initiative

Agency Name: Department of Justice – Bureau of Justice Assistance
Funding Instrument Type: Grant

Express Language for Legal Aid: No, but legal aid programs could likely be added as a subgrantee under this program.

Expected Number of Awards: There are 6 grants in total:

(4) for Performance based and Outcomes-based Contracting for Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) or Reentry Services.

(2) for Performance based and Outcomes-based Contracting for Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) or Recovery Housing.

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No
Estimated Total Program Funding: $6,600,000

Award Ceiling: Each award is intended to be worth $1,100,000

Current Closing Date for Applications: March 16, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET

Eligible Applicants: City or township governments, County governments, Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments), Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities, State governments, Other

For more information

Link to Full Announcement: Link to DOJ notice and link to full solicitation

Categories: Department of Justice, Government Organizations, Housing, Native American Tribes or Tribal Organizations, Public Housing Organizations, Reentry, Subgrant Possibilities, Substance Use Disorder, Uncategorized

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