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Strengthening Foundations Youth Stabilization Program

Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofits for Stabilization
Services for Homeless, Runaway, and At-Risk Youth

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District of Columbia Department of Human Services (DHS)

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09/29/17 4:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Washington, DC nonprofit organizations to provide and oversee stabilization services for homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth. Ideal candidates will demonstrate clear plans to enhance existing or create new stabilization services for target groups in need of immediate access to mediation, crisis intervention, mental health support, emergency evaluations and assessments, and other specialty services.


In accordance with the End Youth Homelessness Amendment Act, DHS is authorized to provide funding to establish stabilization programs, herein called “Strengthening Foundations Youth Stabilization Program” for youth ages 24 and under. With appropriate early intervention, unstably housed youth may be able to be reunified and stabilized in their current housing with another family member or caring adult from the youth’s support network. Ideally, this intervention will result in family reunification where safe and appropriate. In addition, youth who have experienced homelessness and temporarily housed will return home with the assistance of the Strengthening Foundations Youth Stabilization Program.

Once a plan is developed, the Youth homeless services provider will provide support to the youth and their family to maintain their housing through conflict resolution and mediation, skill development, and referrals to other community resources. This type of intervention does not presently exist within the youth homeless services system, but Subcommittee members thought that through this type of intervention, approximately one-third of youth could be diverted from entering homelessness or helped to return home after a short shelter stay.

Grantee services shall be conducted in the District, and include coordination with youth emergency shelter bed providers, street outreach teams and drop in centers to exchange homeless youth related information, participation in the District’s youth Coordinated Assessment Housing Placement (CAHP) system, including conducting assessments utilizing the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS); ability to refer, serve, and/or address the needs of various target population; participation in the District’s Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH), Continuum of Care (CoC), and DHS sponsored training as appropriate.

Target Population:
-Youth under age 25 who are residing with their parent/guardian/family and are at risk of homelessness due to family conflict, harassment, verbal threats of being kicked out of the home, among other reasons;
-Youth who were previously homeless, placed in temporary housing and can safely return home; and
-Youth who are economically or emotionally detached from their families and lack an adequate or fixed residence, including youth who are unstably housed, living in doubled up circumstances, in transitional housing, in shelter, or on the street.
-Note that youth in the custody of the District are excluded from the target population

General Responsibilities:
In the application, the applicant must specify the activities and budget amounts for which funds requested. Applicant(s) activities must demonstrate:
-Expertise with the target population and various sub-populations who present with complex behavioral challenges and barriers to resolving family conflict;
-Experience utilizing different modalities of conflict resolution with diverse populations
-The intent is to neutralize housing crises and reduce the risk of future crises/homeless
episodes while services and supports are conducted;
-Identifying, stabilizing and providing sustainable support to the target population.

Grantee Requirements:
Grantee will provide a comprehensive array of supports and services to operationalize a time limited stabilization program for youth at risk of homelessness or who present with complex behavioral health challenges that may impede on the youth’s ability to maintain stable housing.

Core Requirements:
As a new program model in the District, the first 2 years of this program will be used to test different approaches. During the pilot phase, providers will be expected to comply with core requirements, but have flexibility to test different ideas or approaches beyond those core requirements.

1. Provide stabilization services in homes and community based settings;

2. Provide timely, flexible and accessible crisis intervention services to youth twenty (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week; including maintaining sufficient resources and
supports for communication and mobile capabilities;

3. Ensure case worker maintain a defined caseload of youth, not to exceed a ratio of 1:20.

4. Work in partnership with DHS and the youth CAHP system to determine how referrals shall be prioritized.

5. Provide comprehensive assessments that result in an Individualized Service Plan (ISP) that is strength-based, person centered, family-driven, and goal-oriented;

6. Develop Individualized Service Plans (ISP) to reflect: All stabilization services and interventions must be directly related to the goals and objectives established in ISP. The ISP shall identify the youth’s interests, preferences, strengths, needs in the following areas, as determined appropriate by the youth, family/caregiver and the treatment: physical, emotional and psychological well-being, risk and safety factors, nutrition, personal care needs, cognitive and educational abilities, recreation and leisure time, community participation, communication, religion and culture, social and personal relationships and any other areas important to the youth and her/his family; and Stabilization services and supports.

7. Develop a reunification and stabilization plan for each youth;

8. Outline short term stabilization goals as identified by the youth and family while pursuing plans for long term stabilization at home or in an alternate living situation;

9. Conduct Family Team Meetings (FTM) with all involved parties who all agree that
stabilization services is required due to an escalating behavior(s) that cannot be regulated in the current living situation;

10. Develop a transition plan to include a skill building routine in preparation for his/her return home (preferred) or to an alternate living situation;

11. Partner with District network providers and other community-based providers such as, DOES, DHS/ESA, CFSA, DCPS and MPD;

12. Participate in the (CAHP) system;

13. Report client data via the HMIS;

14. Attend all trainings determined by DHS that are relevant to the scope of work;

15. Coordinate and collaborate with other District homeless youth service providers in the exchange of information and participate in cross-training opportunities provided by DHS and/or its partners;

16. Conduct intake in a culturally sensitive manner taking into the account the needs and vulnerabilities of homeless and unstably housed youth;

17. Utilize a culturally-competent youth development approach to facilitate developing rapport with clients of various races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and gender identities, as well as language accessibility; Obtain approval from the Grant Administrator for any informational materials prior to printing to ensure that appropriate citations are included and the focus of the materials meet the public information and education needs for which they are designed to address;

18. Obtain approval from the Grant Administrator for any informational materials prior to printing to ensure that appropriate citations are included and the focus of the materials meet the public information and education needs for which they are designed to address; and

19. Submit monthly, quarterly and annual evaluation reports which document the program outcomes set by DHS.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182203

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

DHS will make up to three (3) grant awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Eligible organizations can be awarded up to $250,000.

Term of Contract:

This grant is being offered from October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018, with an option to renew for up to five (5) additional years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Local social services organizations, not-for-profit corporations, nonprofit organizations and charitable organizations, including faith-based organizations based in and serving the target population of individuals who are currently experiencing homelessness in the District are eligible.

An organization must be incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation or religious corporation or public agency under the laws of the District, or a corporation formed under laws of another state and authorized under District law to conduct corporate activities in the District, or provide care and services in the District and have been granted federal tax exempt status.

Eligible organizations may sub-grant funding under this grant to sub-grantees (providers) as approved by DHS to meet the requirements in this RFA. Applicants must include details on how it will manage services, financial, and legal responsibilities between itself as the Grantee and its sub-grantees. The application must clearly describe the roles and responsibilities for each party in the proposal.

Stabilization services proposed in this RFA must not supplant an agency’s contractual obligations another contract.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Pre-Application Conference will be held at the DHS headquarters at 64 New York Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002 on Friday September 15th, 2017; from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM.

Attendance is recommended.

Please RSVP to attend the Pre-Application Conference no later than September 8, 2017. You may RSVP via telephone to Tamara Mooney, Program Analyst,

Pre-Application Information:

Organizations that anticipate submitting an application in response to this request should send an email to Tamara Mooney. The Notice of Intent is not mandatory nor does it provide any specific obligation with regard to the review or award process.

Applicants are encouraged to e-mail their questions to Tamara Mooney on or before September 22, 2017 at 4:00 PM. Questions submitted after the deadline date will not receive responses. Please allow ample time for email to be received prior to the deadline date.

The deadline for submissions of all applications is September 29, 2017 at 4:00 PM.

Contact Information:

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

Tamara Mooney, Program Analyst

The District of Columbia Department of Human Services
64 New York Avenue, NE, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20002

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