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Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) Competitive

Grants to USA Public Housing Agencies to Provide Housing
Assistance to Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) - Public and Indian Housing (PIH)

Deadline Date:

03/22/21 11:59 PM EST

Description:

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Grants to USA public housing agencies to provide housing assistance to youth who have left or will soon leave foster care. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to benefit youth between the ages of 18 and 24.

This Foster Youth to Independence Competitive (FYI Competitive) NOFA makes Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) assistance available to Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) in partnership with Public Child Welfare Agencies (PCWAs). FYI Competitive utilizes funding appropriated to serve youth under the Family Unification Program (FUP). Under FYI Competitive PHAs provide housing assistance on behalf of:

  1. Youth at least 18 years and not more than 24 years of age (have not reached their 25th birthday) who left foster care, or will leave foster care within 90 days, in accordance with a transition plan described in Section 475(5)(H) of the Social Security Act, and are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless at age 16 or older.
  2. As required by statute, an FYI Competitive voucher issued to such a youth may only be used to provide housing assistance for the youth for a maximum of 36 months.

This NOFA adopts the following policy priorities:

  1. Expand opportunities under FYI.
  2. Increase coordination between PHAs, PCWAs, and third party partners;
  3. Leverage data to strategically target and prioritize the use of resources for eligible youth; and
  4. Strengthen connections to the HUD Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program or similar programs promoting self-sufficiency.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 194410

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$20,000,000

Number of Grants:

HUD expects to make approximately 40 awards from the funds available under this NOFA.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Minimum Award Amount:
$ 0 Per Project Period
Maximum Award Amount:
$ 1,200,000 Per Project Period

Term of Contract:

Estimated Project Start Date: 07/01/2021
Estimated Project End Date: 07/01/2022
Length of Project Periods: 12-month project period and budget period

Eligibility:

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

1. Only PHAs that have an existing Annual Contributions Contract (ACC) with HUD for HCVs are eligible to apply for funding under this announcement.
2. PHAs wishing to share the administration of the program with another PHA may apply jointly, however, the Annual Contributions Contract (ACC) will be solely with the lead PHA applicant and all reporting must be submitted via the lead PHA applicant. The maximum number of vouchers will be based on the lead PHA voucher program size.
3. Eligible PHAs must have demonstrated a commitment to administer FYI Competitive, which shall be verified by an executed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the PHA and PCWA. HUD strongly encourages adding other important partners, such as a State, local, philanthropic, faith-based organizations, and CoC, or a CoC recipient it designates, to the partnership. The MOU must also identify the assistance being provided and state who will be providing such assistance.
4. HUD will only consider funding one application per PHA. This one application limit applies regardless of whether the PHA is a State or regional PHA. In instances where a PHA has more than one PHA code number due to its operating under the jurisdiction of more than one HUD Field Office, a separate application, under each code, shall be considered for funding with the cumulative total of vouchers applied for under the applications not to exceed the maximum number of vouchers the PHA is eligible to apply for under this NOFA (i.e., no more than the number of vouchers the same PHA would be eligible to apply for it had only one PHA code number).

Ineligible Applicants:
During previous FUP competitions HUD has received applications from individuals; PHAs that administer a Public Housing program or Mainstream voucher but do not have an existing ACC with HUD for HCVs; and other entities ineligible to receive funding.

HUD will not evaluate applications from ineligible applicants. Ineligible applicants will not receive communications from HUD regarding their application.

A contract administrator that does not have an ACC with HUD for HCVs, but constitutes a PHA under 24 CFR 982.4 by reason of its administering HCVs on behalf of another PHA, is not eligible to submit an application under this NOFA.

Nonprofit administrators of HCV mainstream assistance, which by statute are classified as PHAs solely for the purpose of administering HCV mainstream assistance, are also ineligible for FYI Competitive funding.

Youth that believe they are eligible to participate in the FUP should contact their local PHA, PCWA, or a third party such as a State, local, philanthropic, faith-based organizations, or CoC for assistance.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is 11:59:59 pm Eastern Standard time on 03/22/2021.

1. SAM Registration Requirement.
Applicants must be registered with https://www.sam.gov/SAM before submitting their application. In addition, Applicants must maintain an active SAM registration with current information while they have an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by HUD.
2. DUNS Number Requirement.
Applicants must provide a valid DUNS number, registered and active at https://www.sam.gov/SAM, in the application. DUNS numbers may be obtained for free from Dun & Bradstreet.
3. Requirement to Register with Grants.gov.
Anyone planning to submit applications on behalf of an organization must register at grants.gov and be approved by the EBiz POC in SAM to submit applications for the organization. Registration for SAM and grants.gov is a multi-step process and can take four (4) weeks or longer to complete if data issues arise. Applicants without a valid registration cannot apply through grants.gov. Complete registration instructions and guidance are provided on grants.gov.

Submit your application to Grants.gov unless a waiver has been issued allowing you to submit your application in paper form. Instructions for submitting your paper application will be contained in the waiver of electronic submission.

HUD strongly recommends applications be submitted at least 48 hours before the deadline and during regular business hours to allow enough time to correct errors or overcome other problems.

Information on FYI (Foster Youth to Independence): https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/public_indian_housing/programs/hcv/fyi

See this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=331006

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Contact Information:

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

Questions regarding specific program requirements for this NOFO should be directed to FYICompetitive@hud.gov.

Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Please note that HUD staff cannot assist applicants in preparing their applications.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
451 7th Street S.W.
Washington, DC 20410
Telephone: (202) 708-1112
TTY: (202) 708-1455

CFDA Number:

14.880

Funding or Pin Number:

FR-6400-N-41

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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