RHY News

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.


Home Free Program

The National Runaway Safeline (NRS), formerly known as the National Runaway Switchboard, established in 1971, serves as the federally-designated national communication system for runaway and homeless youth.  Annually, NRS, with the support of more than 120 volunteers, makes 250,000 connections to help and hope through hotline, online and offline resources.  Through its crisis hotline (1-800-RUNAWAY) and online (1800RUNAWAY.org) services, NRS provides crisis intervention for youth at crisis and runaway and homeless youth, including youth victims of human trafficking, families, community members, and youth services providers throughout the country 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Home Free Program has reunited more than 17,000 youth with their families through. This programs is done in collaboration with Greyhound Lines, Inc. The Home Free Program helps reunite runaway youth with their families, or an alternative living arrangement through a free bus ticket home. By connecting to NRS at 1-800-RUNAWAY or 1800RUNAWAY.org, youth can initiate the process to return home or to a safe alternative.  

To learn more about the HOME FREE program and how you can utilize this service please visit: https://rhyttac.memberclicks.net/assets/docs/News/Home%20Free.pdf


The Opioid Epidemic: Two New Research Briefs

The Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) has just released the following two briefs:

  1. Substance Use, the Opioid Epidemic and the Child Welfare System: Key Takeaways from a Mixed Methods Study
  2. The Relationship Between Substance Use Prevalence and Child Welfare Caseloads

They are available at: https://aspe.hhs.gov/child-welfare-and-substance-use

The briefs examine how substance use affects child welfare systems across the country. Top-level findings are as follows:

  • Caseloads: Nationally, rates of drug overdose deaths and drug-related hospitalizations have a positive relationship with child welfare caseloads (that is, rates of child protective services reports, substantiated reports, and foster care placements). Generally, counties with higher overdose death and drug hospitalization rates have higher caseload rates. In addition, these substance use indicators correlate with rates of more complex and severe child welfare cases.
  • Availability and use of substance use treatment: Several major challenges affect how child welfare agencies and families interact with substance use treatment options, including medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder. Family-friendly treatment options are limited, and caseworkers, courts, and other providers often misunderstand how treatment works and lack guidelines on how to incorporate it into child welfare practice.
  • System response: Child welfare agencies and their community partners are struggling to meet families’ needs. Haphazard substance use assessment practices, barriers to collaboration with substance use treatment providers and other stakeholders, and shortages of foster homes and trained staff undermine the effectiveness of agencies’ responses to families.
Special thanks to Mathematica Policy Research for assistance with data collection, as well as the more than 180 individuals across the country participating in interviews. Their time, perspectives, and knowledge were invaluable in this research effort.

The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) is pleased to announce Regional Meetings for Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Program Grantees.  The objectives for the one-day, regionally based, meetings are to:

  1. Provide an opportunity for face to face time between grantees, federal project officers and regional program managers;
  2. Provide an opportunity for networking with colleagues to build support, share information, and foster future collaborative efforts;
  3. Provide information and direction from FYSB critical for operating programs which adhere to federal standards;
  4. Increase awareness of Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance (RHYTTAC); and
  5. Strengthen the foundation for on-going regional networking and support, improve communication with FYSB and RHYTTAC, and strengthen relationships.

FYSB invites each grantee to send at least one staff member, who is in a program management or lead position, to represent their organization and to disseminate the information shared.  FYSB is currently securing locations for the meetings for dates in March through July.  You will be notified of the confirmed location, date, and agenda for your regional meeting when planning is finalized. 

Please note these meetings are optional and stipends are not provided. While each grantee may use RHY federal funds to attend this meeting, FYSB recognizes you may not have budgeted to attend this event. It is anticipated these events will be repeated annually.

FYSB and RHYTTAC look forward to connecting with you soon.

Click here to visit the event calendar.

Equal Justice Works invites eligible organizations to apply to participate in the Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellowship Program

The Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellowship Program is an exciting new initiative designed to increase capacity and access to civil legal help for crime victims.

The Crime Victims Justice Corps will mobilize 62 Fellows and 34 summer law students over a two-year Fellowship period, from June 2018 to May 2020.

Fellows and law students will work at nonprofit organizations across the country:

  • 45 Fellows will serve human trafficking survivors.
  • 17 Fellows will serve survivors of campus sexual assault, fraud and/or identity theft, and hate crime, and immigrant victims.
  • 34 Law students will work during the summers (17 each summer), supporting the Fellows.

Fellows and law students will provide legal services, outreach, and education to address legal needs resulting from human trafficking and a variety of civil legal issues arising from victimization, such as family law, education, employment, immigration, and consumer protection, as well as enforcing crime victims’ rights.

The Host Organization Solicitation is now available here.

Key Dates

  • February 13, 2018: Solicitation released.
  • March 14, 2018: Applications are due.
  • April 4, 2018: Selected applicants are notified.
  • April/May 2018: Fellow recruitment by host organizations.
  • June 1, 2018: Fellows begin their term.
  • Summer 2018: Law students begin their term.


Equal Justice Works will provide up to $48,000 toward each Fellow's annual salary and additional funds, as specified in the solicitation. For law students, Equal Justice Works will provide a $3,200 stipend for working full-time for eight to ten weeks during the summer.


The National Crime Victim Law Institute will provide training and technical assistance to Fellows and law students.

Informational Webinar

On February 23, 2018, Equal Justice Works will host an informational webinar about the application process. Sign up here to receive call-in details.

Notice of Intent to Apply

By February 26, 2018, interested applicants are requested to submit a notice of intent to apply here.

How to Apply

All applications must be uploaded to an online application page, which will become live on or before February 26, 2018. Please be sure to review the solicitation in its entirety.

Sign-up and Contact Information

  • Sign up here to receive program updates.
  • For more information, please contact Allie Yang-Green at [email protected]  or (202) 372-9331.

Application Materials

This program is supported by an $8.8 million award from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime, Award Number 2017-MU-MU-K131, and private funding.

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