Program Description

The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) - Street Outreach Program enables organizations around the country to help young people get off the streets. To that end, the program promotes efforts by its grantees to build relationships between street outreach workers and runaway, homeless, and street youth. Grantees also provide support services that aim to move youth into stable housing and prepare them for independence. The program's ultimate goal is to prevent the sexual abuse or exploitation of young people living on the streets or in unstable housing. More than 20,000 young people who came into contact with a street outreach worker went on to spend at least one night in shelter in FY 2014.

Street outreach programs provide services directly or by collaborating with other agencies. In particular, street outreach programs work closely with other organizations that work to protect and treat young people who have been or are at risk of sexual abuse or exploitation. Street outreach services include the following:

Street-based education and outreach
Access to emergency shelter
Survival aid
Individual assessments
Trauma-informed treatment and counseling
Prevention and education activities
Information and referrals
Crisis intervention
Follow-up support

FYSB requires grantees to incorporate elements of the Positive Youth Development (PYD) approach into their programs. PYD suggests that the best way to prevent risky behavior is to help young people achieve their full potential. Youth development strategies focus on giving young people the chance to exercise leadership, build skills and become involved in their communities.

General Program Requirements

Eligible applicants include public and non-profit private entities that include states, localities, and coordinated networks of such entities. Per Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Act Section 351, for-profit organizations are not eligible. In selecting eligible applicants, priority will be given to entities that have experience in providing shelter and services to runaway, homeless, or street youth as required by the RHY Act. 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 Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Policy on Grants to Faith-Based Organizations.

Please see current funding opportunity announcements for eligibility requirements.

Your Next Steps

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

Application Process

Today, FYSB funds the Street Outreach Program under the provisions of the Reconnecting Homeless Youth Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-378). In FY 2014, 109 grantees received $17.1 million total.

FYSB solicits applications for the Street Outreach Program by posting funding announcements on the Grants.gov website. Applications are competitively reviewed by peer panels, and successful applicants receive 3-year grants.

Program Contact Information

Oluwatoyin Akintoye
Administration for Children and Families
Administration on Children, Youth and Families
Family and Youth Services Bureau, Headquarters
330 C Street, SW
Switzer Building, Third Floor, Room 3618c
Washington, DC 20201
Phone: (202) 205-7745
Fax: (202) 401-7038
oluwatoyin.akintoye@acf.hhs.gov

Additional Information

Current Method of Tribal EligibilityTribes and tribal/Native American non-profits
Can the funding from the program be renewedCompete every three years of funding
Entities Eligible for Grant Assistancenon-profit organizations Click here to enter text.
Matching Funds Required10%
Length of Program3 year project period/cycle
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNA
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?Yes
Tribes Funded by this ProgramNone at present

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