Transitional Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Program
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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)
The OVW Transitional Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Program focuses on a holistic, victim-centered approach to providing transitional housing services that move survivors into permanent housing. Grants made under this grant program support programs that provide assistance to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking who are in need of transitional housing, short-term housing assistance, and related supportive services. Successful transitional housing programs provide a wide range of flexible and optional services that reflect the differences and individual needs of victims and that allow victims to choose the course of action that is best for them. Transitional housing programs may offer individualized services such as counseling, support groups, safety planning, and advocacy services as well as practical services such as licensed child care, employment services, transportation vouchers, telephones, and referrals to other agencies. Trained staff and case managers may also be available to work with survivors to help them determine and reach their goals of permanent housing.
In FY 2013, funds under the Transitional Housing Assistance Grant Program may be used for the following purposes:
- Programs that provide transitional housing, including funding for the operating expenses of existing transitional housing;
- Programs that provide 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
- Programs that provide voluntary, supportive services designed to enable a minor, an adult or a dependent of such minor or adult (see page 12 regarding services to children) who are fleeing sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking to locate and secure permanent housing and integrate into a community by providing those survivors with services such as transportation, counseling, child care services, case management, employment counseling, and other assistance.
As applicants address their plans to implement one or more of the above purpose areas, they are encouraged to consider the following activities in the development of their application:
- Creating innovative partnerships that improve the overall value and effectiveness of transitional housing by bringing together victim service providers, housing and homelessness organizations, and faith-based and community organizations to provide a broad spectrum of support services that promote self-sufficiency for survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, such as mentoring, job training, childcare, and literacy education;
- Designing projects that promote economic independence and financial empowerment strategies for survivors;
- Implementing partnerships that assist survivors in obtaining employment that will enable survivors to afford basic expenses and remain economically independent including non-traditional employment opportunities for women;
- Developing innovative programs to provide transitional housing and supportive services to older survivors (defined as survivors of intimate partner abuse, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking who are also 50 or older) by addressing the unique barriers to receiving assistance that these survivors face;
- Addressing the complex needs of survivors with disabilities by providing transitional housing assistance that will enhance the accessibility of services, resources, communication, and outreach to survivors with disabilities;
- Providing transitional housing in rural jurisdictions while addressing the lack of available resources in those jurisdictions, social and cultural challenges, and geographic isolation; or
- Developing an innovative approach to improve transitional housing program accessibility and culturally sensitive services to immigrants while addressing barriers that immigrants experience such as the lack of knowledge about resources, language barriers, and issues surrounding immigration.
History of Funding
None is available.
Applications proposing activities in the following area will be given special consideration during the review process:
- Transitional housing programs that identify and meet the unique needs of sexual assault survivors by entering partnerships and other alliances to ensure that those services are readily available to sexual assault survivors. Those partnerships may include cooperative efforts and projects among law enforcement officers, prosecutors, victim advocacy groups, and other related entities that investigate and prosecute incidents of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and/or stalking; and 2) providing treatment, counseling, advocacy, and other long- and short-term assistance to adult and minor victims of sexual assault.
Applicants are limited to States, units of local government, Indian tribes, and non-profit and non-governmental organizations, including community-based organizations, that have a documented history of effective work concerning sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (E.T.) on April 4, 2013.
Applicants should carefully consider the resources needed to successfully implement the proposed project and present a realistic budget that accurately reflects project costs. Awards under the Transitional Housing Assistance Grant Program for FY 2013 will be made for up to $300,000 for a 36 month period. Cost sharing is not required.
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