Transitional Housing Assistance for Victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Stalking, or Sexual Assault

 

To provide transitional housing assistance and related support services to minors, adults, and their dependents who are homeless, or in need of transitional housing or other housing assistance, as a result of a situation of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking; and for whom emergency shelter services or other crisis intervention services are unavailable or insufficient.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
16.736
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Justice
Office: Violence Against Women Office
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
PROJECT GRANTS
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Authorization
Section 611 of the Prosecutorial Remedies and Other Tools to end the Exploitation of Children Today Act of 2003 (PROTECT Act), Public Law 108-21, 42 U.S.C. 13975, as amended;; The Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005, Title VI, Section 602, Public Law 109-162., as amended by Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, P.L. No. 113-4.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants are States, Indian tribal governments, units of local government, and other organizations, including domestic violence and sexual assault victim service providers, domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions, other nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations, or community-based and culturally specific organizations, that have a documented history of effective work concerning domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Beneficiaries include minors, adults, and their dependants who are homeless or in need of transitional housing or other housing assistance, as a result of a situation of domestic violence; and for whom emergency shelter services or other crisis intervention services are unavailable or insufficient.
Credentials/Documentation
Applicants must provide assurances that supportive services offered to participants are voluntary and that refusal to receive such services shall not be grounds for termination from the program or eviction from the housing. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
OVW issues an annual solicitation for the program. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Applicants must apply through the on-line grants.gov portal.. The receipt, review, and analysis of applications will follow Office on Violence Against Women policies and procedures for the administration of grant applications.

Requirements set forth in 28 CFR parts 66 and 70 and 2 CFR parts 220, 225 and 230 apply.
Award Procedure
Upon approval by the Office on Violence Against Women, online notification is sent to the applicant agency with copies of the Grant Award. One copy of the Grant Award must be signed by an authorized official and returned to OVW.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Applicants will be notified by the end of the fiscal year.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
Renewals are considered on a case-by-case basis.
How are proposals selected?
Refer to the annual solicitation.
How may assistance be used?
Grants are available to provide transitional housing, including funding for the operating expenses of newly developed or existing transitional housing; short term housing assistance, including rental or utilities payment assistance and assistance with related expenses, such as payment of security deposits and other costs incidental to relocation to transitional housing; and support services designed to enable a minor, an adult, or a dependent of such minor or adult, who is fleeing a situation of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking to locate and secure permanent housing and integrate into a community by providing that minor, adult, or dependent, with services, such as transportation, counseling, child care, case management, employment counseling, occupational training, job retention counseling, counseling concerning re-entry into the workforce, and other assistance. Participation in the support services must be voluntary. Receipt of the benefits of the housing assistance shall not be conditioned upon the participation of the youth, adults, or dependents in any or all of the support services offered them. Housing assistance is limited to 24 months with a possible extension for an additional 6 months if the client has made a good faith effort to acquire permanent housing and has been unable to acquire permanent housing.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Reports are required as stipulated in the program regulations and the effective edition of the OVW Financial Grants Management Guide. No cash reports are required. Semi-annual progress reports shall explain the activities carried out and include an assessment of the effectiveness of those activities in achieving the purposes of the program, including number of persons served and numbers of persons seeking services who could not be served. Quarterly Federal Financial Reports are required. Grantees must monitor grant and subgrant supported activities to assure compliance with applicable Federal requirements and that performance goals are being achieved.
Auditing
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Records
Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to an award must be retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim or audit is started before the expiration of the three year period, the records must be retained until all litigation, claims or audit findings involving the records have been resolved and final action taken.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
This program has no matching requirements. Match is not required for this grant program; however, applicants are encouraged to maximize the impact of Federal grant dollars by contributing the costs of their project. Supplemental contributions may be cash, in-kind services, or a combination of both.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Up to 36 months. Funds are released on an as-needed basis to the grantee. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Periodic drawdowns should be based upon immediate disbursement/reimbursement needs and project progress.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None.
Headquarters Office
Tia Farmer 145 N. St., Suite 10W121, Washington, District of Columbia 20530 Email: tia.farmer@usdoj.gov Phone: 202-305-1177
Website Address
http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
15-0409-0-1-754.
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 13 $20,084,944; FY 14 est $20,000,000; and FY 15 est $20,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $232,177 to $300,000
Average: $254,466.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Program solicitations can be found at http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov/ovwgrantprograms.htm. Recipients must comply with the current version of the OVW Financial Grants Management Guide found at http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov/grantees.html. Department of Justice regulations applicable to specific types of grantees can be found in title 28 of the Code of Federal Regulations (28 C.F.R.).
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.