Program Description

The intent of Transitional Living Program, funded by the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), is to provide a safety net and strong emotional support system for young people to transition into self-sufficiency. FYSB's Transitional Living Program provides long-term residential services to homeless youth ages 16 to 22. Services are provided for up to 540 days, or in exceptional circumstances, up to 635 days. Young people who have not yet turned 18 after 635 days may stay in a program until their 18th birthday.

Transitional living programs helped nearly 3,000 homeless youth transition to life on their own in FY 2014. Services offered through the Transitional Living Program are designed to help young people who are homeless make a successful transition to self-sufficient living. Grantees are required to offer the following services, either directly or by referral:

Extended residential shelter
Group homes
Maternity group homes
Host family homes
Supervised apartments

Service coordination plan
Referral of homeless youth to social services, law enforcement, educational services, vocational training, welfare, legal services, health care programs, affordable child care, and/or child education programs

Transitional living plan
Transition plan from supervised participation to independent living or another appropriate living arrangement

Basic life skills resources and counseling service
Money management, budgeting, consumer education, use of credit
Parenting skills (Maternity Group Homes program only)
Interpersonal skill-building
Educational advancement
Job attainment skills
Mental and physical health care
Individual and/or group counseling and parent/child counseling

Outreach plans
FYSB also requires grantees to incorporate elements of Positive Youth Development, which suggests that the best way to prevent risky behavior is to help young people achieve their full potential. Youth development strategies focus on leadership, skill-building, and community involvement.

General Program Requirements

In selecting eligible applicants to receive grants, priority will be given to private entities that have experience in providing shelter and services to runaway, homeless, and street youth, as required by the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHY).

Per RHY Act section 311, for profit organizations are not eligible. Private institutions of higher education must be non-profit entities.

In addition to both public and nonprofit private entities, a combination of such entities can receive grants per section 311(a)(1) of the RHY Act. (42 U.S.C. § 5711(a)(1)). Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding. Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement. Faith-based organizations are encouraged to review the ACF Policy on Grants to Faith-Based Organizations.

Interested applicants should check current funding opportunity announcements for eligibility requirements and other program-specific requirements.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

FYSB funds the Transitional Living Program under the provisions of the Reconnecting Homeless Youth Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-378).

In FY 2014, 200 grantees received $43.6 million. FYSB solicits applications for the Transitional Living Program by posting funding announcements on the website. Applications are competitively reviewed by peer panels, and successful applicants receive five-year grants.

Program Contact Information

Resa F. Matthew, Ph.D.
Director, Division of Adolescent Development and Support
Family and Youth Services Bureau
Administration for Children and Families
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
330 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20201
Phone: (202) 401-5124
Fax: (202) 401-7038

Additional Information

Can the funding from the program be renewedGrantees must re-apply at the end of each project period.
Funding TypeDiscretionary, competitive grant
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceNon-profit organizations, tribes, tribal organizations, Native American organizations (see current funding opportunity announcements for eligibility requirements)
Matching Funds Required10%
Length of Program60-month project period/cycle Click here to enter text.
Recurring Base Funding for TribesGrantees must re-compete every five year cycle.
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?Yes
Tribes Funded by this Programnone at this time Click here to enter text.

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