RHY News

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].


2019 Runaway and Homeless Youth Program Funding Opportunity Announcements Available

The Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families' Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) announces the release of the Basic Center Program (BCP), Street Outreach Program (SOP), and Transitional Living Program (TLP) funding opportunity announcements (FOA).

Basic Center Program Funding Opportunity Announcement

BCP's work to establish or strengthen community-based programs that meet the immediate needs of runaway and homeless youth up to 18 years of age and their families. BCPs provide youth with emergency shelter, food, clothing, counseling, and referrals to necessary services. Basic centers can provide temporary shelter for up to 21 days for youth and seek to reunite young people with their families, whenever possible, or to locate appropriate alternative placements. Additional services may include street-based services, home-based services for families with youth at risk of separation from the family, drug abuse education, and prevention services.

Under this announcement, budget and project periods will start on September 30, 2019. An estimated 89 awards will be funded. Applications are due on Monday, July 1, 2019. Please note that this is an abbreviated application period, which is shortened from 60 days to 51 days.

Please click here to view the full announcement: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/HHS-2019-ACF-ACYF-CY-1556

Street Outreach Program Funding Opportunity Announcement

SOP's 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. The goal of the SOP is 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 such 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, which can be optional, and linkages/referrals to services. The award process for FY2019 SOP allows for annual awards over a three-year project period, as funds are available.

Under this announcement, budget and project periods will start on September 30, 2019. An estimated 54 awards will be funded. Applications are due on Monday, July 1, 2019. Please note that this is an abbreviated application period, which is shortened from 60 days to 51 days. 

Please click here to read the full announcement: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/HHS-2019-ACF-ACYF-YO-1554

Transitional Living Program Funding Opportunity Announcement

TLP's work to implement, enhance, and/or support effective strategies for successful transition to sustainable living for runaway and homeless youth ages 16 to under 22 and/or pregnant and parenting youth ages 16 to under 22 and their dependent child(ren). Projects must provide safe, stable, and appropriate shelter for up to 18 months, which under extenuating circumstances, can be extended to 21 months and provide comprehensive services that support the transition of homeless youth to self-sufficiency and stable, independent living. Through the provision of shelter and an array of comprehensive services, TLP youth will realize improvements in four core outcome areas (i.e., safe and stable housing, education/employment, permanent connections, and social and emotional well-being). Grants awarded under this announcement will have a start date of September 30, 2019 and will be for a 36-month project period.

Under this announcement, budget and project periods will start on September 30, 2019. An estimated 18 awards will be funded. Applications are due on Monday, July 1, 2019. Please note that this is an abbreviated application period, which is shortened from 60 days to 51 days. 

Please click here to view the full announcement: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/HHS-2019-ACF-ACYF-CX-1576

Maternity Group Home Funding Opportunity Announcement

The purpose of FYSB’s MGH program is to provide safe, stable, and appropriate shelter only for pregnant and/or parenting youth ages 16 to under 22 and their dependent child(ren) for 18 months and, under extenuating circumstances, up to 21 months. Service providers must accommodate for the needs and safety of the dependent children to include facility safety standards for infants and children on the premises. MGH services include, but are not limited to, parenting skills, child development, family budgeting, and health and nutrition education, in addition to the required services provided under the Transitional Living Program to help MGH youth realize improvements in four core outcome areas. The MGH combination of shelter and services is designed to promote long-term, economic independence to ensure the well-being of the youth and their child(ren).

Grants awarded under this announcement will have a start date of September 30, 2019 and will be for a 36-month project period. Applications are due on Thursday, July 25, 2019. Please note that this is an abbreviated application period, which is shortened from 60 days to 45 days. 

Please click here to view the full announcement: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/HHS-2019-ACF-ACYF-CX-1577


New Job Opportunity: Supervisory Policy Program Specialist

The Family and Youth Service Bureau (FYSB) is now hiring a Supervisory Policy Program Specialist. The position is located in Washington, District of Columbia.


  • Providing key advice to ACYF senior management and FYSB leadership and division directors in providing policy development guidance related to FYSB's work (i.e., runaway and homeless youth, adolescent pregnancy prevention, family violence prevention)
  • Developing and implementing overall legislative and budgetary policy strategies and specific operational activities for the three FYSB programs serving youth, individuals and families
  • Representing FYSB in conferences, meetings, on-site visits, and inter/intra-agency work groups to coordinate policies and program action plans implemented initiatives
  • Analyzing academic research and evaluation related to youth, individuals, and family policies and initiatives for the purpose of making policy recommendations to the Associate Commissioner and the Deputy Associate Commissioner
  • Negotiating resolutions to conflicts and/or program compliance matters and to stimulate and encourage program changes and innovations
  • Assuring collaboration, coordination, and negotiation on key policy issues with other division and principals across ACF in the policy development process
  • Providing advice, counsel, or instruction to employees on both work and administrative matters, planning work to be accomplished by subordinates based on priorities, evaluating work performance of subordinates, etc.

Click here to learn more about this employment opportunity, including conditions of employment, qualifications, salary range, and more: www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/525628500


Apply for FY 2019 Integrated Services for Minor Victims of Human Trafficking

OVC is seeking applications for the FY 2019 Integrated Services for Minor Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation. This new program is designed to enhance the quality and quantity of direct services available to assist minor (under the age of 18) victims of human trafficking.

Organizations funded under this program will—

  • provide (directly and through partnerships) a comprehensive array of services that minor victims of sex trafficking and labor trafficking often require to address their needs for safety, security, and healing;
  • ensure that minors who have been trafficked are identified and referred for appropriate services; and
  • document the progress of the project.

This program places a priority on funding direct services provided by organizations with the capacity to implement a highly collaborative and comprehensive service model, engaging all appropriate community resources, to address the needs of minor victims of all forms of human trafficking.

OVC expects to make up to 40 awards through this solicitation totaling up to $20 million for a 36-month period of performance, to begin no later than October 1, 2019.

OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on February 20, 2019, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. e.t. to review requirements and answer questions. Register now.

Learn more and apply for the FY 2019 Integrated Services for Minor Victims of Human Trafficking funding opportunity. For additional information about potential funding opportunities in the area of human trafficking, visit the FY 2019 DOJ Program Plan.

The deadline to apply is April 4, 2019.

Click here to apply.

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.


Message to all attendees of the 2018 National RHY Grantees Training

FYSB and RHYTTAC are monitoring the weather conditions in Austin and have been in touch with the host hotel about accommodations being made as there is currently a “water advisory” which is limited to drinking water - not bathing or showering.

  • During the advisory, bottled water will be distributed to all attendees at check-in for consumption and brushing teeth. In addition, the hotel will provide water stations throughout the hotel to fill water bottles.
  • Please note the weather forecast for Austin is sunny for the beginning of the national training week transitioning to rain at the end of the week. Please come prepared as applicable.

We have a great event planned and FYSB and RHYTTAC look forward to seeing everyone in Austin next week.


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

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