Opportunities for Youth-Youthbuild Program
The Youthbuild program provides funding assistance for a wide range of multi-disciplinary activities and services to assist economically disadvantaged youth. The opportunities are designed to help disadvantaged young adults who have dropped out of high school to obtain the education and employment skills necessary to achieve economic self-efficiency and develop leadership skills and a commitment to community development in low income communities. Another important objective of the Youthbuild program is to expand the supply of permanent affordable housing for homeless persons and members of low income and very low income families. By giving disadvantaged young adults participating in the program meaningful on-site training experiences constructing or rehabilitating housing as a community service, they are helping to meet the housing needs of homeless and low income families in their community.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 04/07/2008 ()
COMMUNITY PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT, DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
In fiscal year 2002, 116 grants were awarded. It is anticipated that 3,729 youths will be trained and more than 1,533 housing units have been proposed for construction and rehabilitation.
National Affordable Housing Act, Title IV, Subtitle D, 42 U.S.C. 8011, as amended; Housing and Community Act of 1992, Section 164, Public Law 102-550.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
(1) A public or private nonprofit agency, including: a community-based organization which is accountable to low income community residents through representation on the governing board and which has a history of serving the local community where the Youthbuild program is to be located; an administrative entity designated under section 103(b)(1)(B) of the Job Training Partnership Act; a community action agency; and a community development corporation; (2) State or local housing agencies or authorities; (3) State or local units of general local government, or (4) any other entity (including States, units of general local government) eligible to provide education and employment training under other Federal employment training programs as defined in HUD regulations at 24 CFR 585.4.
Very low-income young adults, ages 16 to 24, who have dropped out of high school are eligible. The program emphasizes special outreach efforts to be undertaken to recruit eligible young women. The program permits exceptions for young adults who do not meet the program's income or education requirements but who have educational needs despite attainment of a high school diploma or its equivalent. Exceptions for individuals in this category cannot exceed 25 percent of all participants.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Applicants are strongly encouraged to seek out and take advantage of other Federal, State, local or private funds for housing construction, job training, counseling, referral or social services which can be augmented with a Youthbuild grant. The selection criteria for implementation grants provide points for program coordination (using resources from other Federal, State, local and private programs) and for securing financial assistance from these other sources of funds. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Procedures noted in the Federal Register publication of the Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) which details all submission requirements and the competitive factors by which each application will be evaluated.
Competition for Implementation Grants. Awards go to applicants securing the highest scores in relation to selection criteria contained in the NOFA.
The Youthbuild application package contains the deadline.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Within 4 months of application submission, all applicants will be notified in writing as to approval or disapproval.
How are proposals selected?
(1) capacity of the applicant and relevant organizational experience; (2) need and extent of the problem; (3) soundness of the approach; (4) leveraging resources; and (5) coordination, self-sufficiency and sustainability. See detailed specific criteria in the Youthbuild program section of the SuperNOFA.
How may assistance be used?
Grant funds can be used to fund eligible educational and supportive services and activities composed of basic skills development, and counseling, referral and support services. Funds can also be used for architectural and engineering fees, construction, rehabilitation, acquisition, operating expenses and replacements reserves. If Youthbuild funds are used for these construction related activities, certain housing related restrictions apply. Use of Youthbuild funds in this way will also negatively affect a proposal's chances of being funded. See the Final Rule for specifics.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Semi-annual narrative and statistical reports, and tracking status of trainees and affordable housing activities.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 133, "Audits of State and Local Governments and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program- specific audit conducted that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Each recipient must maintain records to facilitate audits of funds, disposition of proceeds, costs from all sources, in- kind/cash contributions, and information on participants and housing constructed/rehabilitated, and relocation information.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Implementation Grants - 30 months. Funds are accessed through an established Line of Credit.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Jackie Williams-Mitchell, Director, Office of Rural Housing and Economic Development, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20410, Room 7137. Telephone: (202) 708-2290. (Use the same number for FTS).
(Grants) FY 02 $65,000,000; FY 03 $59,610,000; and FY 04 est $65,000,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$300,000 to $700,000; $500,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Final Rule R-95-1675-FR-3450 F-02; Application Kit.
Examples of Funded Projects