The Administration for Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Children's Bureau (CB), announces the availability of competitive grant funds authorized by the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) Reauthorization Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-320). These targeted 5- year grants are to be awarded to support:
- The development or expansion of triage procedures for a subset of families who come to the attention of the child welfare system due to severe housing issues and high service needs;
- Local implementation of supportive housing services that integrate community services for housing and other critical services for the specified target population;
- Customized case management services for children and their parents, as well as trauma informed interventions and mental health services through partnerships to access additional services through community-based service providers; and
- Evaluations that examine the process and outcomes for these grants.
The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to serve a subset of families for whom the lack of adequate housing is a primary factor in the imminent placement of the child, or children, in out-of-home care, or in the delay of discharge of a child, or children to the family from out-of-home care. Community-linked services, as specified in CAPTA, will be provided to families through the local implementation of supportive housing services. Expected outcomes are: a reduction in child welfare system contacts, reduction in child maltreatment, child removals, and foster care placements.
Grantees must demonstrate innovation in responding to reports of child abuse and neglect through a partnership between the child protective services agency, local housing authority, community housing providers, and other critical service providers, as appropriate. Other collaborative partnerships may include community social service agencies, family support programs, developmental disability agencies, substance abuse treatment entities, health care entities, domestic violence prevention entities, mental health service entities, and schools.
Applicants must demonstrate secured housing through which services will be provided, as well as partnerships between the public child welfare agency, local public housing agency(ies), a family homeless shelter provider or a domestic violence shelter provider, and a local evaluator. Applicants must justify the proposed target population and service plan through an analysis of existing local data. The components of the proposed supportive housing service plans must link to expected outcomes.