RHY News

RHY Street Outreach Program Funding Opportunity Announcement Available

The Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families' Family and Youth Services Bureau announces the release of the Street Outreach Program (SOP) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).

SOPs work to provide prevention and intervention services to runaway, homeless, and street youth who have been subjected to or are at risk of being subjected to sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, and severe forms of trafficking in persons. SOPs also work to increase young people’s personal safety, social and emotional well-being, self-sufficiency, and to help them build permanent connections with families, communities, schools, and other positive social networks. These services, which are provided in areas where street youth congregate, are designed to assist youth in making healthy choices and to provide them access to shelter and services which include: outreach, gateway services, screening and assessment, harm reduction, access to emergency shelter, crisis stabilization, drop-in centers (optional), and linkages/referrals to services.

Please click here to read the full announcement: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/HHS-2020-ACF-ACYF-YO-1799

Estimated Amount Available: $2,400,000
Estimated Number of Awards: 16
Applications Due: 6/29/20
Length of Project Periods: 36 months


RHY National Communication System Funding Opportunity Announcement Available

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Administration on Children, Youth, and Families (ACYF), Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) announces the availability of funds to operate the Runaway and Homeless Youth National Communication System (NCS) Program. 

The NCS Program links youth in crisis, runaway youth, homeless youth and their families to shelters, counseling, medical assistance, and other vital services. Additionally, the NCS Program provides information, referral services, crisis intervention, and prevention resources to vulnerable and youth at risk of running away and/or becoming homeless and their families or legal guardians.

Amount Available: $1,600,000
Number of Awards: 1
Applications Due: 5/13/2020
Length of Project Periods: 36 months

Please click here to read the full funding opportunity announcement: www.ami.grantsolutions.gov/files/HHS-2020-ACF-ACYF-CY-1809_0.pdf


RHYTTAC Funding Opportunity Announcement Available

The Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families' Family and Youth Services Bureau announces the release of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). 

RHYTTAC is the national training and technical assistance (T&TA) entity that provides resources and direct assistance to the Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) grantees and other youth serving organizations eligible to receive RHY funds. Through the dissemination of high-quality, evidence-informed or evidence-based resources and T&TA services, RHYTTAC works with RHY grantees to implement programs that assist youth with having a successful path to adulthood and self-sufficiency.

Please click here to read the full announcement: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/HHS-2020-ACF-ACYF-CY-1801

Estimated Amount Available: $2,100,000
Estimated Number of Awards: 1
Applications Due:  June 26, 2020
Length of Project Periods: 36 months


WIOA Youth Program COVID-19 Session 

The Division of Youth Services (DYS), within the Employment and Training Administration, is hosting the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth Program Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Session on Monday, May 4th at 2:00 p.m. EDT.

During this event, there will be an opportunity to answer questions, share resources, and pass along best practices submitted in advance to [email protected].

Click here to login to reserve a seat: 


RHY Grantee COVID-19 Flexibilities

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) is sharing Information Memorandum IM-ACF-OA-2020-01 providing information on grant flexibilities in conducting human service activities related to or affected by the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

As you know, ACF is deeply concerned for the health and safety of people involved in ACF programs and about the effects on the human service enterprise in the areas affected by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)-declared public health emergency for COVID-19

To the extent permitted by law, and in accordance with 45 CFR §75.102(a), this memorandum provides short-term relief for administrative, financial management, and audit requirements under 45 CFR Part 75 (the HHS implementation of 2 CFR Part 200), Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, without compromising Federal financial assistance accountability requirements.  These exceptions are time-limited and will be reassessed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) within 90 days of the M-20-17 memo, dated March 19, 2020. If OMB extends the flexibilities contained in their M-20-17 memo, HHS and ACF will also re-evaluate the extension of the exceptions.

These flexibilities are applicable to ACF applicants and grantees/recipients where the entity is conducting human service activities related to or affected by COVID-19. Affected entities are those that have been closed or that have business activities that are hindered due to COVID-19 precautionary measures and/or illnesses. If the recipient/grantee intends to use any of flexibilities identified in IM-ACF-OA-2020-01 (ACF's version of M-20-17) due to the public health emergency, the recipient/grantee must notify the ACF Program Office describing the impact the emergency is having on their program and any ACF-related work.  Documentation may be requested; however, ACF is still in the process of determining the details as it may be program-specific.

While the requirements detail general flexibilities that ACF is offering during this public health emergency, please review program-specific COVID-19 guidance and flexibilities as some citations listed do not apply directly.  For example, as it relates to block grants, States may apply these flexibilities for block grants consistent with their own authorities.

Questions should be directed to the Grants Management Specialist and Project Officer assigned to your grant.

Elizabeth Darling
Administration on Children, Youth and Families


FYSB Grant Review Recruitment

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) is gearing up for its Fiscal Year 2020 grant review season.

FYSB will soon begin identifying qualified candidates to read, score, and evaluate grant applications in response to FYSB's anticipated Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs). Grant reviews are tentatively scheduled to be held between May and July 2020.

FY20 Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs)

Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (APP)

  • General Departmental Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (GDSRAE)
  • Title V Competitive Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (CSRAE)

Family Violence Prevention Services (FVPS)

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH)
  • Alaska Native Tribal Resource Center on Domestic Violence (ANTRCDV)
  • Specialized Services for Abused Parents and Children (Demonstration Grants)

Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY)

  • Street Outreach Program (SOP)
  • Basic Center Program (BCP)
  • Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center
  • National Communication System for Runaway and Homeless Youth

To register, visit www.reviewerregistry.net and enter code 897054.

For questions, email [email protected].


Support Systems for Rural Homeless Youth: A Collaborative State and Local Demonstration Final Report

The Administration for Children and Families’ Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), in coordination with the Manhattan Strategy Group, has released the final report for the Support Systems for Rural Homeless Youth (SSRHY) Demonstration Projects. FYSB awarded demonstration grants to six states - Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Vermont to implement projects designed to improve the support for rural homeless youth by enhancing their connections to supportive services, the community, education, and employment. The report outlines the quantitative and qualitative outcomes of their projects, best practices, and promising approaches to assist FYSB and RHY organizations with offering comprehensive and collaborative support and services for rural homeless youth.

According to the results, at the completion of the projects 94% of youth in Colorado exited to a safe place; 90% of youth in Iowa are now receiving work readiness and job placement services; 91% of youth in Minnesota made safe exits; 50% of youth in Nebraska live with a parent/guardian, relative or friend, and 25% live independently; 101 youth in Oklahoma were provided a multitude of resources, and 18 out of 55 youth in Vermont gained and sustained fulltime employment.

Each state was able to effectively collaborate with local partners to develop and deliver their SSRHY demonstration projects, which contributed to each project’s success. The report can be accessed here.


Nominations Are Being Accepted for Missing Children's Day Awards

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ), through its Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), is now accepting nominations through January 23, 2019 for the Missing Children's Day awards.

The award categories are:
Missing Children's Law Enforcement Award
Missing Children's Citizen Award
Missing Children's Child Protection Award
Attorney General's Special Commendation

Award winners will be honored at the National Missing Children's Day Ceremony on May 22, 2019 in Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit: https://bit.ly/2SWneav

Contact: (877) 798-7692 or [email protected] with any questions.


Lessons from the Field: "How Mentoring Supports Runaway and Homeless Youth Victims and Survivors of Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking"

The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), in collaboration with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), invites you to join the panel discussion “How mentoring supports runaway and homeless youth victims and survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking.”

Mentoring is a tool that is gaining traction and is emerging as a successful practice with youth who are at risk of or are victims and survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. The panel discussion will tap into the experiences of programs who provide mentoring services specifically to these youth, including youth experiencing homelessness. The discussion will also focus on the national scope of mentoring youth programs, and how youth-informed practices and youth leadership can assist programs in integrating effective prevention and intervention approaches when working with youth.

Monday, January, 28, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EST

K. Lenore Jean-Baptiste, Project Coordinator, Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth
Heather McNutt, RHY Program Manager, Common Ground
Kendan Elliott, Project Lead and TA Manager, Youth Collaboratory
Mirielle Milne, Youth Collaboratory Advocate, Youth Catalyst

Registration (required):
All attendees must pre-register for the webinar by clicking the following link: 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


New RHY Clearinghouse Website

The National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families (NCHYF), also known as the Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Clearinghouse, recently launched its new blog and website. The Clearinghouse is sponsored by the Family and Youth Services Bureau and was created specifically for RHY service providers, including grantees, to offer ready access to information and resources that can support the important work they do. The first “On Point” blog post takes readers on a brief tour of the new website. To learn more, please visit: https://rhyclearinghouse.acf.hhs.gov/node/22018.

You may also sign up to receive emails and future blog posts from the Clearinghouse at: https://rhyclearinghouse.acf.hhs.gov/subscribe.

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