What Federal Programs are available to help domestic violence victims in a need of housing ?
Federal Program: Transitional Housing Assistance for Victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Stalking, or Sexual Assault
Agency: Department of Justice, Office: Violence Against Women Office (OVW)
Funding: Grants available for FY2015 est. 20 million
Range of the grants awarded is between $232,000 to $300,000
Average assistance grant: $254,466 lump sum for up to 36 months
Transitional Housing Assistance for Victims of Domestic Violence Program offers project grants that can be used to provide transitional housing assistance and related support services to minors, adults, and their dependents who are homeless, or in need of transitional housing, as a result of fleeing a situation of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. The program covers a subpopulation with such problems for whom emergency shelter services or other crisis intervention services are unavailable or insufficient.
Grants are available to provide transitional housing, short term housing assistance, including rental or utilities payment assistance and assistance with related expenses, such as payment of security deposits and other costs incidental to relocation to transitional housing.
In addition Transitional Housing Program provides support services designed to enable a minor, an adult, or a dependant of such minor or adult, who is fleeing a situation of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking to locate and secure permanent housing.
A purpose of this program is to integrate back into a community domestic violence victims by providing them with services, such as transportation, counseling, child care, case management, employment counseling, and other assistance.
Participation in the support services is voluntary. Receipt of the benefits of the housing assistance shall not be conditioned upon the participation of the youth, adults, or dependents in any or all of the support services offered them.
Housing assistance is limited to 24 months with a possible extension for an additional 6 months if the client has made a good faith effort to acquire permanent housing and has been unable to acquire permanent housing.
Beneficiaries include minors, adults, and their dependants who are homeless or in need of transitional housing or other housing assistance, as a result of fleeing a situation of domestic violence; and for whom emergency shelter services or other crisis intervention services are unavailable or insufficient.
Grants will be made for amounts up to 100 percent of the costs of programs or projects contained in approved applications. Match is not required for this grant program; however, applicants are encouraged to maximize the impact of Federal grant dollars by contributing the costs of their project. Supplemental contributions may be cash, in-kind services, or a combination of both.
LIST OF CURRENT GRANT PROGRAMS TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
These grant programs are designed to develop the nation’s capacity to reduce domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking by strengthening services to victims and holding offenders accountable.
FORMULA GRANT PROGRAMS
Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) administers four formula grant programs and distributes funds according to the enacting legislation.
- STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program
- Sexual Assault Services Formula Grant Program
- State and Territorial Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Coalitions Program
- Grants to Tribal Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalitions Program
DISCRETIONARY GRANT PROGRAMS
Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) administers 14 discretionary grant programs, and is responsible for creating program parameters, qualifications, eligibility, and deliverables in accordance with authorizing legislation.
- Consolidated Grant Program to Address Children and Youth Experiencing Domestic and Sexual Assault and Engage Men and Boys as Allies
- Enhanced Training and Services to End Abuse in Later Life Program
- Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies and Enforcement of Protection Orders Program
- Grants to Enhance Culturally Specific Services for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Program
- Grants for Outreach and Services to Underserved Populations
- Grants to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking on Campus Program
- Grants to Support Families in the Justice System
- Legal Assistance for Victims Grant Program
- Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Assistance Program
- Sexual Assault Services Culturally Specific Program
- Training and Services to End Violence Against Women with Disabilities Grant Program
- Transitional Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Stalking, or Sexual Assault Program
- Tribal Governments Program
- Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program
Source: U.S. Department of Justice – Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)
Violence Against Women Headquarters Office
145 N Street, NE, Washington DC, District of Columbia 20530