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Grant to a Washington, DC Nonprofit to Assist Refugees in Achieving Self-Sufficiency


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USA: Washington, DC

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Refugee Resettlement Program

District of Columbia Department of Human Services (DHS) - Family Services Administration (FSA) - Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #155700

Grant Description

Grant to a Washington, DC nonprofit organization to provide services needed by refugees to help them gain economic self-sufficiency. The grantee will work to ensure that refugees have access to the necessary assistance and support. Services should encourage refugees to become productive District residents.


The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) within the District of Columbia (District) Department of Human Services (DHS), Family Services Administration (FSA), Office of Refugee Resettlement (DCORR), is soliciting detailed proposals to provide services required by refugees, asylees and certified victims of severe forms of human trafficking; parolees; Cuban/Haitian Entrants; and Iraqis with Special Immigrant Status, who are resettled in the District. DHS is the lead agency within the District that implements the requirements under the Refugee Resettlement Program (Program) established pursuant to the United States Refugee Act of 1980, as amended (Pub. L. No. 96-212, 8 U.S.C. §1101 et seq., 45 C.F.R. §400.1 et seq.) (the Act). The purpose of the Program is to provide effective & expeditious transition for the resettlement of refugees and to assist them to achieve economic self-sufficiency as quickly as possible through social and support services.

The Act authorizes the provision of assistance and service to refugees in the United States without regard to race, religion, nationality, sex or political opinion. Grants to cover the expense of providing these services are made to each of the states and the District pursuant to the Act.

The Office of Refugee Resettlement works diligently in collaboration with its service providers to ensure that necessary support and assistance is given to refugees to eliminate obstacles that impact successful and speedy resettlement. The services offered encourage refugees to become productive residents of the District. Eligibility for services must be clearly documented in the client’s case records.

Target Population:

The target population(s) for this initiative is as follows:

The Grantee shall provide employment services to up to 300 hundred employable refugees who are referred by the District Office of Refugee Resettlement, who are sixteen (16) years of age or older, are not full-time students in elementary or secondary school, reside in the District and have arrival dates of five (5) years or under. The Refugee Resettlement Program covers eligible individuals regardless of national origin, who are admitted to the United States under specific conditions as refugees, asylees and certified victims of severe forms of human trafficking; parolees; Cuban/Haitian Entrants; and Iraqis with Special Immigrant Status.

The term “refugee” means “(A)” any person who is outside any country of such person's nationality or, in the case of a person having no nationality, is outside any country in which such person last habitually resided, and who is unable or unwilling to return to, and is unable or unwilling to avail himself or herself of the protection of, that country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion, or (B) in such special circumstances as the President after appropriate consultation (as defined in [8 U.S.C. §1157(e)] of this title) may specify, any person who is within the country of such person's nationality or, in the case of a person having no nationality, within the country in which such person is habitually residing, and who is persecuted or who has a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion”. “The term “refugee” does not include any person who ordered, incited, assisted, or otherwise participated in the persecution of any person on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion”. (8 U.S.C. §1101(a)(42)).

The term "Asylee" means an individual who is physically present in the United States or who arrives in the United States (whether or not at a designated port of arrival and in including an individual who is brought to the United States after having been interdicted in international or United States waters), who irrespective of such individual’s status apply for and/or receive a grant of asylum (8 U.S.C. § 1158).

The Secretary of Homeland Security or the US Attorney General may grant asylum to an individual who has applied for asylum in accordance with applicable requirements, if the Secretary of Homeland Security or the US Attorney General determines that such individual is a “Refugee” as defined by 8 U.S.C. § 1101(a)(42) of the Act (8 U.S.C. § 1158).

The term "Victims of severe form of Human Trafficking" refers to the population brought into the US and subjected to force, fraud, or coercion, for the purpose of sexual exploitation or forced labor for little or no compensation (See the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000, as amended, Pub. L. No 106-386; 22 U.S.C. §7102). This population is eligible for refugee services and benefits from the date of certification. Certification, which grants adult foreign victims of human trafficking access to Federal services and benefits to same extent as refugees, is provided by the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The term “ Cuban and Haitian entrants” are defined as (a) Any individual granted parole status (by DHS) as a Cuban/Haitian Entrant (Status Pending) or granted any other special status subsequently established under the immigration laws for nationals of Cuba or Haiti, regardless of the status of the individual at the time assistance or services are provided and (b) Any other national of Cuba or Haiti (1) Who:(i) was paroled into the United States and has not acquired any other status under the INA;(ii) is the subject of exclusion or deportation proceedings under the INA; or (iii) has an application for asylum pending with (DHS); and (2) With respect to whom a final, non-appealable, and legally enforceable order of deportation or exclusion has not been entered. 45 C.F.R. § 401.2

Program Scope:

This grant solicitation will be used to fund competitive grants to promote economic self- sufficiency through the planned and coordinated use of support services. The objective is to achieve economic self- sufficiency within the shortest possible time after the eligible client’s date of asylum approval, date of certification or date of arrival into the District. Priority shall be given to persons who are newly arrived refugees (i.e. in the U.S. less than 12 months or who are receiving cash assistance).

The objective of ORR-funded support services is to focus on ways to transition refugees from reliance on public cash assistance to economic self-sufficiency.

General Responsibilities:

The following tasks must be included and defined as part of all model programs:

Employment Program:

The Grantee shall provide services only to refugees, asylees, certified victims of severe forms of human trafficking, parolees, Cuban/Haitian Entrants, and Iraqis with Special Immigrant Status referred to them by the DCORR, and in accordance with federal regulations and District policy. District policy includes the Individual Employability Plan, which addresses the employment-related service needs of the employable members in a family for the purpose of enabling the family to become self-supporting, through the employment of one or more family members. The Grantee shall complete Family Self- Sufficiency Plan, including the Individual Employability Plan, on all refugees that are referred to them.

The Grantee shall attempt to have staff that is linguistically compatible with the refugee population that they intend to serve. The employment program is comprised of two components: (1) job development and placement, and (2) case management services. Job development includes identifying potential employers, developing jobs, and placing refugees in those jobs. Case management services include preparing refugees for work in the U.S., collaborating with job developers to match refugees with the jobs, tracking refugee involvement in agency services, and providing a variety of other refugee resettlement services as needed. The job developer(s) and the case manager(s) position shall not be filled by one staff person. However, this does not mean that these duties must be fulfilled by two (2) full- time employees. The Grantee can demonstrate the capacity to fulfill these duties in a number of creative ways including but not limited to: combining a full-time case manager position with a job placement position of a minimum of twenty (20) hours per week. Most importantly, the Grantee must demonstrate that their staff has the capacity to fulfill the duties of job development, placement and case management services.

Job Development & Placement:

The applicant shall describe the strategy that shall be used to identify potential employers and to develop jobs for refugees. The applicant shall demonstrate how it shall make employment referrals based on refugees' skills, aptitudes, experience and interests. The applicant shall discuss the techniques it will use to retain employers. The applicant shall describe in detail its follow-up activities after placing refugees on jobs. The applicant shall describe the in-house procedures that will ensure the recording of the following employment information for reporting to the Office of Refugee Resettlement:

1. Refugee name, address, Date of Birth & Social Security Number
2. Alien Number & Date of Arrival
3. Refugee Cash Assistance/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipient case number
4. Date refugee began employment
5. Employer name, address & telephone number
6. Salary, position & Full-time/Part-time status, Permanent/temporary, health benefits
7. Date and results of 30-day, 60-day & 90-day employment follow-ups

The applicant shall provide in this application the following outcomes that are expected:
1. To provide at least 55% of case load with employment
2. To provide at least 75% of those employed with full-time employment
3. Average hourly wage at placement be no less than the minimum wage preferably be above the minimum wage
4. 90-day follow-up employment retention
5. At least 50% of job placements be with health benefits

The applicant shall identify start-up tasks and time frames for the program to begin.

Case Management:

The applicant shall demonstrate how its program shall be designed to include weekly participation by refugees in a job club. Discuss the curriculum for the job club, the projected schedule and the length of each session. The applicant shall make the following assurances:

1. That a weekly case conference by all staff that worked with this individual shall be established to discuss the status and progress of refugee clients;

2. That the Family Self-Sufficiency the Individual Employment Plans shall be used as a guideline in the case conference;

3. That the goals in the Family Self-Sufficiency and the Individual Employment Plans shall be assessed and appropriate changes shall be made, if indicated, based on the results of the case conference.

The applicant shall demonstrate how it shall provide individualized and group career counseling to assist refugees in developing short and long-term career goals. The applicant shall demonstrate how refugee clients shall be assisted with acculturation issues and a variety of case management services, e.g., referral for Refugee Cash Assistance, Medical assistance and the provision of clothing, food, referrals, language interpretation and translation assistance, travel training/directions, mental health referrals, etc.

The applicant shall describe the language groups that it has the capacity to serve. The applicant shall describe how it plans to deliver the services in the language(s) of the refugees it plans to serve.

The applicant shall describe its provisions for childcare referral while refugees are participating in English as a Second Language (ESL), the job club and other program activities.

The applicant shall demonstrate that the community is involved in its organization by discussing the strategy that will be used to get volunteers to assist refugee participants with donations of clothing and other items and services that may be needed.

Confidentiality of Records:

-Information concerning referred families is strictly confidential and shall not be divulged to unauthorized persons in accordance with applicable District and federal laws, regulations, and policies.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications are requested from public or private, not-for-profit established service providers based in the District and primarily serving the target refugee communities.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants are encouraged to attend the Pre-Application conference scheduled for Friday, June 8, 2018 from 12:00 PM until 1:00 PM. at the FSA office located at 64 New York Avenue, N.E., 5th Floor, Conference Room 563, Washington, DC 20002.

Applicants interested in attending the Conference must RSVP to Genet Derebe on or before, Wednesday, June 6, 2018.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
-Announcement Date: May 21, 2018
-RFA Release Date: June 4, 2018
-Pre-application Conference Date: June 8, 2018
-Application Submission Deadline Date: Friday, June 29, 2018 4:45pm

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

FSA intends to make one (1) grant award.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $100,000

Term of Contract:

The term of this grant period shall be for twelve (12) months beginning from the date of the award, with the option of two (2) additional years, if funding is available and satisfactory performance by the Grantee. Funding shall begin from the date of signature to the grant agreement by the Director of DHS, and the Grantee (the Parties). The Grantee shall begin performance, effective on the date the grant agreement is signed by the Parties. Providing that the Grantee’s delivery of services is satisfactory, the grant agreement may be renewed for two (2) additional option years, subject to availability of funds.

Contact Information:

Debra Crawford, State Refugee Coordinator

Genet Derebe, Refugee Resettlement Program Monitor
(202) 698-4316 on

DC Department of Human Services
Office of Refugee Resettlement
64 New York Ave, NE, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20002

Telephone #: (202) 299-2153
Fax #: (202) 478-5747

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