Transitional Living for Homeless Youth


The primary goal of the Transitional Living Program (TLP) and Maternity Group Home (MGH) Program is to help runaway and homeless youth and/or pregnant or parenting runaway and homeless youth between the ages of 16 to under 22 establish sustainable living and well-being for themselves and if applicable, their dependent child(ren). Through the provision of residential stay up to 540 days (and in exceptional circumstances 635 days) and comprehensive supportive services, youth between the ages of 16 to under 22 enrolled in TLPs or MGHs will realize improvements in four core outcome areas: social and emotional well-being, permanent connections, education or employment, safe and stable housing. MGH services include, but are not limited to, parenting skills, child development, family budgeting, and health and nutrition education, in addition to the required services provided under the TLP.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Administration For Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 ACF will award 198 continuation awards to support existing programs. ACF awarded 198 continuation awards to support existing programs.
Fiscal Year 2017 ACF awarded 127 continuation awards to support existing programs and approximately 109 new awards.
Fiscal Year 2018 ACF awarded 230 awards, to include approximately 97 new awards and 133 grant awards to support existing programs.
Fiscal Year 2019 ACF awarded 241 awards, to include approximately 36 new awards, 18 of which will be Maternity Group Homes, and 205 grant awards to support existing programs.
Fiscal Year 2020 ACF awarded 239 grants, all of which will support existing programs.
Fiscal Year 2022 In FY 2022 FYSB made 225 awards with 106 supporting existing programs. The remaining 119 were awarded to new Maternity Group Homes and Transitional Living Programs.
Fiscal Year 2023 In FY 2023, it is estimated a total of 225 awards will be made supporting existing programs.
Runaway and Homeless Youth Act, Title III, Part B, Section 321, 34 U.S.C. 11221
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Public (state and local) and private nonprofit entities (including faith-based and community organizations) and coordinated networks of such entities, are eligible to apply unless they are part of the juvenile justice system. For profit organizations are not eligible. Private institutions of higher education must be non-profit entities. Priority will be given to public and non-profit private agencies that have experience in providing shelter and services to youth experiencing homelessness and their young families. Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible. Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards. States, localities, private entities, and coordinated networks of such entities are eligible to apply for a Transitional Living Program or Maternity Group Home award unless they are part of the law enforcement structure or the juvenile justice system. Federally recognized Indian organizations are also eligible to apply for awards as private, nonprofit agencies.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Homeless youth (ages 16 to under 22) and, if applicable, their dependent children are the beneficiaries.
No credentials or documentation required.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants may find and apply to Notices of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs) on
Award Procedure
Each application will be screened to determine whether it meets any of the disqualifying factors: missing the application deadline, required electronic submission or waiver requested and approved, or exceeding the Award Ceiling. Disqualified applications are considered to be "non-responsive" and are excluded from the competitive review process. Applications competing for financial assistance will be reviewed and evaluated by objective review panels using only the criteria described in the NOFO. Each panel is composed of experts with knowledge and experience in the area under review. Generally, review panels include three reviewers and one chairperson. Results of the competitive objective review are taken into consideration by ACF in the selection of projects for funding; however, objective review scores and rankings are not binding. Scores and rankings are only one element used in the award decision-making process. If identified in Section I. Program Description, ACF reserves the right to consider preferences to fund organizations serving emerging, unserved, or under-served populations, including those populations located in pockets of poverty. In addition, ACF reserves the right to evaluate applications in the larger context of the overall portfolio by considering geographic distribution of federal funds (e.g. ensuring coverage of states, counties, or service areas) in its pre-award decisions. ACF will complete a review of risk posed by applicants as described in 45 CFR 75.205. ACF may elect not to fund applicants with management or financial problems that would indicate an inability to successfully complete the proposed project. In addition, ACF may elect to not allow a prime recipient to subaward if there is any indication that they are unable to properly monitor and manage subrecipients. Applications may be funded in whole or in part. Successful applicants may be funded at an amount lower than requested.
Please see the funding opportunity announcement for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
Not applicable.
Non-competing continuations will be issued based on availability of funds, satisfactory progress, compliance with award terms and conditions and a determination that continuation funding is in the best interest of the federal government.
How are proposals selected?
The criteria for selecting proposals will be published in the NOFO.
How may assistance be used?
Transitional Living Programs and Maternity Group Homes are required to provide youth, and when applicable the youths' dependent children, with safe, stable, and appropriate shelter, and comprehensive services designed to help young people who are homeless make a successful transition to sustainable living. Living accommodations may be host family homes, group homes, Maternity Group Homes, or "supervised apartments." (Supervised apartments are either agency-owned apartment buildings or "scattered site" apartments, which are single- occupancy apartments rented directly by young people with support from the agency.) Comprehensive services may include case management, transitional living plan, basic life skills resources, counseling services, educational advancement, job attainment skills, and physical and behavioral health care, and aftercare services. These services are designed to help youth who are homeless develop the skills necessary to make a successful transition to self-sufficient living. Costs of organized fund raising, including financial campaigns, endowment drives, solicitation of gifts and bequests, and similar expenses incurred to raise capital or obtain contributions are unallowable. Fund raising costs for the purposes of meeting the Federal program objectives are allowable with prior written approval from the Federal awarding agency. (45 CFR § 75.442) Proposal costs are the costs of preparing bids, proposals, or applications on potential Federal and non-Federal awards or projects, including the development of data necessary to support the non-Federal entity's bids or proposals. Proposal costs of the current accounting period of both successful and unsuccessful bids and proposals normally should be treated as indirect (F&A) costs and allocated currently to all activities of the non-Federal entity. No proposal costs of past accounting periods will be allocable to the current period. (45 CFR § 75.460). Awards will not allow reimbursement of pre-award costs. Construction is not an allowable activity or expenditure under this award. Costs for the renovation of existing structures are authorized but may not exceed 15 percent of the award amount awarded. Costs for acquisition are not allowable by statute. Applicants are advised that no funds may be used for any program of distributing sterile needles or syringes for the hypodermic injection of any illegal drug. Prospective recipients are advised that entities receiving TLP funds and operating a program to distribute sterile needles or syringes for hypodermic injections of illegal drugs must account for all funds used for such programs separately from any expenditure of TLP funds. HHS funds may not be spent to pay for an abortion. The prohibition on using HHS funds for abortion has an exception for cases of rape, incest, or danger of death to the pregnant woman.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Federal program specialists conduct on-site monitoring visits in concert with the information from RHY-HMIS to assess performance. Performance progress reports are required using the SF-PPR ACF Performance Progress Report. The frequency of reporting will be listed in the NOFO and in the award terms and conditions. For more information, see:
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503 45 CFR Part 75 Subpart F applies to this program.
Retention requirements for records are covered by 45 CFR 75.361-365.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is mandatory. 10%. Matching Requirements: Percent: 10%. Federal share of award is up to 90 percent. The nonfederal share may be in cash or in-kind contributions, although applicants are encouraged to meet their match requirements through cash contributions.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards are made competitively for a project period of three years, with three 12-month budget periods. Post award, the Division of Payment Management will establish an account from which a recipient may draw down award funds.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Christopher Holloway
330 C. Street, SW
Washington, DC 20201 US
Phone: (202) 205-9560
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$38,155,292.00; FY 23 est $38,155,295.00; FY 24 est $36,817,260.00; - Transitional Living Program(Project Grants) FY 22$13,394,297.00; FY 23 est $15,394,297.00; FY 24 est $13,922,355.00; - Maternity Group Homes
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The range for Transitional Living Program awards in FY 2022 was $130,000 to $250,000 with an average award of $238,000. The range for Maternity Group Home Program awards in FY 2022 $148,000 and $250,000 with an average award of $235,873.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Contact Headquarters Office listed below for available literature. You may also get information on the Family and Youth Services Bureau website at the following address under the "About" section. Information is also available through the National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families, 4340 East-West Highway Suite 1100 Bethesda, MD 20814. Telephone: 833-438-7494. The National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families website is and the email address is address is Runaway and Homeless Youth Program Regulations can be found at 45 CFR ?1351.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.