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Office of Homeless Youth (OHY) Funding - All Programs

Grants to Washington Nonprofits, For-Profits, and
Agencies to Assist Homeless Young Adults and Youth

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08/17/17 4:00 PM PST Receipt


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Grants to Washington nonprofits, for-profits, government agencies, housing authorities, tribes, and community action councils to reduce and prevent homelessness among youth and young adults. Funding is available for a range of programs that offer stability and safety for minors and young adults ages 18-24.

This application contains six distinct funding opportunities for OHY core programs. Additionally applicants applying for one or more core programs can apply for an Ancillary/Integrated Services grant. Applicants can apply for one or multiple funding options through this single application.

Programs for Minors::

1. HOPE and/or Crisis Residential Centers (CRC)

Grantees are permitted to operate HOPE and/or CRC programs independently or as a combination of both programs to be used interchangeably within the same facility. When HOPE and CRC programs operate within the same facility, all guidelines and competencies for each individual program model must still be met. Any co-location must meet licensing requirements.

For grantees that operate a mix of HOPE and CRC programs, the bed capacity can be used interchangeably between programs based on the program criteria and eligibility of youth who access the facility. Grantees may serve a HOPE or CRC client in any given bed, and the mix of clients in each program can vary at any point in time. For illustration, a grantee who operates five beds may have four HOPE clients and one CRC client at a given time, and three CRC clients and two HOPE clients at another time. Grantees must follow program guidelines consistent with the eligibility of each client. HMIS data must be entered to reflect the project type for each client.

HOPE Center:

The HOPE Center grant provides resources for temporary residence, assessment, referrals, and permanency planning services for youth ages 12 through 17 who live outdoors or in another unsafe location not intended for occupancy by a minor, or who is not residing with his or her parent or at his or her legally authorized residence, or who, without placement in a HOPE center, will continue to participate in increasingly risky behavior.

Youth may self-refer to a HOPE bed and may stay for up to 30 days. If a long-term placement option is not available, a youth’s stay may be extended in 15-day increments up to an additional 30 days. A HOPE Center must be operated in a manner to reasonably assure youth will not run away.

Crisis Residential Center:

The Crisis Residential Center grant provides resources for emergency and temporary residence, assessment, referrals, and permanency planning services in semi secure facilities for youth ages 12 through 17 who are in conflict with their family, have run away from home/placement, or whose health and safety is at risk.

A semi-secure CRC facility is operated in a manner to reasonably assure that youth placed there will not run away. Youth may reside in a CRC for no longer than 15 consecutive days per admission.

2. Secure Crisis Residential Center (SCRC)

The Secure Crisis Residential Center grant provides resources for emergency and temporary residence, assessment, referrals, and permanency planning services in a secure facility for youth ages 12 through 17 who are in conflict with their family, have run away from home/placement, or whose health and safety is at risk.

A SCRC facility must have locking doors, locking windows, or a secured perimeter, designed and operated to prevent youth from leaving without permission of staff. The facility can be located in or adjacent to a secure juvenile detention center. A juvenile detention center-based SCRC must be operated in a manner that prevents in-person contact between the residents of the center and persons held in the juvenile detention facility.

Youth may reside in a non-detention SCRC for no longer than 15 consecutive days per admission. Youth may reside in a detention SCRC for no longer than five consecutive days per admission. If a youth is transferred from one SCRC or CRC facility to another, the aggregate length of time in both facilities may not exceed 15 consecutive days per admission and in no instances shall the portion spent in a detention SCRC exceed five consecutive days.

3. Street Youth Services (SYS)

The Street Youth Services grant provides resources for connecting homeless youth under the age of 18 to services and resources through street and community-based outreach, or facility-based drop-in centers. Services can include either direct or through referral, provision of emergency supplies, crisis intervention, access to emergency shelter or housing, prevention and education activities, counseling, employment and skill building activities, advocacy, family-reconciliation focused services, and follow-up support.

Programs for Young Adults:

1. Young Adult Shelter (YAS)

The Young Adult Shelter grant provides resources for emergency, temporary shelter, assessment, referrals, and permanency planning services for young adults ages 18 through 24 who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence as set forth in state statute (RCW 43.330.702). Young Adult Shelters can be operated on a night-by-night (nbn) or entry/exit basis.

2. Young Adult Housing Program (YAHP)

The Young Adult Housing Program grant provides resources for rent assistance in independent living settings and transition-in-place housing; facility support for grantee-owned or master-leased transitional housing; and case management for young adults 18 through 24 who meet certain income thresholds and the criteria for any HUD housing status category including At-Risk of Homelessness.

3. Independent Youth Housing Program (IYHP)

The Independent Young Housing Program grant provides resources for rent assistance and related costs and case management for former foster youth ages 18 through 22. Housing options include independent living settings (shared living, apartment, college dormitory), transition-in-place, or transitional housing. IYHP funding must be used for rent assistance only; facility support of a transitional housing facility is not an allowable cost. Applicant income at entry must not exceed the Very Low (50 percent) Income Limits for their county as published annually by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Youth receiving services under RCW 74.13.031(10)(b) and RCW 13.34.267 through the Extended Foster Care program are not eligible for the IYHP.

Ancillary/Integrated Services:

Ancillary/Integrated Services funding is intended to improve performance outcomes and quality of housing programs through enhanced and integrated professional therapeutic services. Funding must be used to build the capacity of grantees to provide and support on- site family reconciliation and/or behavioral health services.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173548

Term of Contract:

The period of performance of any contract resulting from this RFP is scheduled to begin on January 1, 2018 and scheduled to end on June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following agencies and organizations are eligible for funding: nonprofit organizations, housing authorities, local governments, community action councils, federally recognized Indian tribes, regional or statewide nonprofit housing assistance organizations, and private for-profit entities.

If proposing to subcontract with partners, the lead entity must have procedures in place to properly monitor and support sub-grantees.

Eligible agencies must comply with applicable federal, state, and local nondiscrimination laws and standards, including having non-discrimination hiring practices in place.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Bidder’s Webinar is scheduled for Thursday, June 15th, 9:30 AM PST.

This webinar will provide an overview of the RFP and Application and clarify questions relating to procurement documents and/or process. Click on the link below to register.

Pre-Application Information:

The RFP Coordinator must receive the proposal no later than 4:00 PPM PST on August 17, 2017.

-Issue Request for Proposals: June 9, 2017
-Bidder’s webinar: June 15, 2017 at 9:30 - 11:00 AM PST
-Proposals due: August 17, 2017 at 4:00 PM PST
-Evaluate proposals: August 22 through September 29 , 2017
-Announce “Apparent Successful Contractors” and send notification via e-mail to unsuccessful proposers: October 3, 2017
-Hold debriefing conferences (if requested): October 9-11, 2017
-Negotiate contract: October 24, 2017
-Anticipated contract start date: January 1, 2018

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register for the June 15 webinar here:

Kim Justice, Executive Director

Cheryl Bayle, Program Manager
360-725-2997 /

Cole Ketcherside, Program Coordinator

Funding or Pin Number:

RFP NO. 17-46117-503

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington