Juvenile Reentry Assistance Program Juvenile Reentry Assistance Program (JRAP)

 

This program will fund initiatives to provide legal services to youth with former contact with the juvenile justice system to successfully transition into the community through the expungement and sealing of juvenile records. This would make it easier for youth who are residents of PHAs and its surrounding communities to gain access to public housing and/or employment opportunities and obtain driver’s licenses.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
14.897
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Advisory Services and Counseling; Project Grants (Capacity Building and Complaint Processing, Training)
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Authorization
Section 211 of the Second Chance Act, Pub. L. No. 110-199.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants are Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) that have established a partnership with a legal aid organizations, university legal centers, and legal service organizations that have experience providing legal services to juveniles.
Beneficiary Eligibility
This grant program is to benefit youth (24 years or younger) who have had contact with the juvenile justice system.
Credentials/Documentation
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), signed by
both the PHA and their partner, must be included in the application. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program.
Award Procedure
Threshold Requirements: 1) At least 25% of the requested grant amount is required as a match; 2) each PHA applicant must partner with a university legal center, legal aid organization, or legal services organizations prior to the submitting an application.

Once an applicant clears the threshold requirements, the applicant will be rated based on the following factors: 1) the comprehensiveness of the applicant's budget; 2) the capacity and experience of the applicant and the applicant's ability to successfully implement the reentry programs designed for the successful reentry of at-risk youth and their families into society; 3) The soundness of the applicant's described approach; 4) description of performance measures; and 5) Whether or not the applicant was awarded FY2014 Jobs Plus grant funds.
Deadlines
Jul 02, 2015
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
HUD will make announcements of grants awards after the review process
is completed. Grantees will be notified by letter and will receive instructions on what steps they must take in order to access funding and begin implementing grant activities. Applicants who are not funded will also receive a letter via U.S. postal mail.
Appeals
Debriefings. All applicants may request a debriefing related to their individual application.
Applicants requesting to be debriefed must send a written request to Cedric Brown, Director, Grants Management Center, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street, S.W., B-133 Potomac Center, 3rd Floor, Washington, DC 20410.
Renewals
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
The criteria will be based on the budget the applicant supplies, the detailed, capacity and experience of the applicant, the soundness of approach in executing the goals of the program, whether the applicant has put performance measures in place to capture their progress, whether the applicant is a Jobs Plus grantee.
How may assistance be used?
Grant funding must be used to pay for staff salaries and materials to provide legal services to
residents such as:
-Expunging, sealing, or correcting inaccurate criminal records or securing certificates of
rehabilitation, dependent on state jurisdiction;
-Developing a collateral consequences checklist;
-Disseminating information to youth, their parents and guardians, schools, and other
stakeholders regarding collateral consequences for juveniles who have been in the juvenile
justice system;
-Monitoring and tracking the ongoing provision of services;
-Keeping HUD up-to-date regarding the progress of individual participants, notwithstanding
attorney-client privileges;
-Monitoring the provision of services where appropriate;
-Tracking and reporting to HUD on the progress of residents enrolled in the program;
-Evaluating the overall success of the program.

Other services may include:
-Modifying or resolving conflicting financial obligations from the criminal justice system;
-Helping with improper eviction proceedings and fair housing complaints;
-Creating and/or modifying child support orders and other family law services that help
stabilize individuals and families;
-Litigating violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act;
-Providing guidance regarding readmission to school, and college applications;
-Providing advocacy to occupational licensing agencies;
-Counseling regarding legal rights and obligations in searching for employment, and the most effective way to talk to prospective employers about criminal justice involvement;
-Helping families understand education laws and school discipline policies and support
readmitting school-age youth in school when appropriate;. Funds may not be used for any activities other than the salary and fringe benefits of Juvenile
reentry applicants, their partners and related administrative, training, materials, and associated travel activities.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance measurement report is required. No cash reports are required. No progress reports are required. No expenditure reports are required. An explicit goal of the Juvenile Reentry Assistance Program is recidivism reduction. Output or outcome measures of the program could focus on the number of clients made ready or eligible for services or benefits that they would not have otherwise been ready or eligible for without the intervention of civil legal aid. Grantees will be expected to collect performance data (inputs, outputs, and outcomes) and submit them to HUD, along with their quarterly progress reports.

To this end, successful applicants must demonstrate the ability to collect and report-out on data in two specific areas:
First, the level of effort and resources that are being expended at the activity-level by key personnel. This information will be used in documenting cost-efficiencies across all core activities.
Second, successful applicants will be expected to report on grant activities that take place throughout the delivery of legal aid/expungement services.

These data must include:
-The number of participants determined to be eligible for expungement support;
-The number of potential participants you met with;
-The number of information sessions held including the number of participants at each information
session and the number of participants completing an assessment form;
-The number of participants whose records are expunged, sealed, or corrected;
-The number of participants whose drivers licenses have been reinstated;
-The number of participants who have obtained a rehabilitation certificate, if applicable within the state.

The data may also include:
-The number of participants you have aided in resolving improper eviction proceedings and fair housing complaints;
-The number of participants you have supported in family court through legal assistance to promote health and proper parental relationships;
-The number of applicants you have provided with guidance regarding readmission to school and assistance with college applications.
Auditing
No audits are required for this program.
Records
-The memorandum of understanding between the PHA and its partner
-All records needed to report performance monitoring requirements listed above.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 25.%. At least 25% of the requested grant amount is required as a match.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Estimated Project Start Date: 09/21/2015
Estimated Project End Date: 03/20/2017

There is an 18-month project and budget period. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None. This program will be facilitated through the DC headquarters.
Headquarters Office
Naana Boampong 451 7th street SW , Washington, District of Columbia 20410 Email: naana.a.boampong@hud.gov Phone: 2024027154
Website Address
No Data Available
Financial Information
Account Identification
86-0304-0-1-604.
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 14 $0; FY 15 est $853,464; and FY 16 est $900,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not Applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.

 



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