Juvenile Reentry Assistance Program Juvenile Reentry Assistance Program (JRAP)

This program will fund initiatives to provide legal services to youth with former contact with the juvenile justice system to successfully transition into the community through the expungement and sealing of juvenile records.

This would make it easier for youth who are residents of PHAs and its
surrounding communities to gain access to public housing and/or employment opportunities and obtain driver?s licenses.

Agency - Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Department of Housing and Urban Development's mission is to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination. HUD fulfills this mission through high ethical standards, management and accountability, and by forming partnerships with community organizations.

Office - None.

This program will be facilitated through the DC headquarters.



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grant funding must be used to pay for staff salaries and materials to provide legal services to residents such as: -Expunging, sealing, or correcting inaccurate criminal records or securing certificates of rehabilitation, dependent on state jurisdiction; -Developing a collateral consequences checklist; -Disseminating information to youth, their parents and guardians, schools, and other stakeholders regarding collateral consequences for juveniles who have been in the juvenile justice system; -Monitoring and tracking the ongoing provision of services; -Keeping HUD up-to-date regarding the progress of individual participants, notwithstanding attorney-client privileges; -Monitoring the provision of services where appropriate; -Tracking and reporting to HUD on the progress of residents enrolled in the program; -Evaluating the overall success of the program. Other services may include: -Modifying or resolving conflicting financial obligations from the criminal justice system; -Helping with improper eviction proceedings and fair housing complaints; -Creating and/or modifying child support orders and other family law services that help stabilize individuals and families; -Litigating violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act; -Providing guidance regarding readmission to school, and college applications; -Providing advocacy to occupational licensing agencies; -Counseling regarding legal rights and obligations in searching for employment, and the most effective way to talk to prospective employers about criminal justice involvement; -Helping families understand education laws and school discipline policies and support readmitting school-age youth in school when appropriate;.

Funds may not be used for any activities other than the salary and fringe benefits of Juvenile reentry applicants, their partners and related administrative, training, materials, and associated travel activities.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants are Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) that have established a partnership with a legal aid organizations, university legal centers, and legal service organizations that have experience providing legal services to juveniles.

Beneficiary Eligibility

This grant program is to benefit youth (24 years or younger) who have had contact with the juvenile justice system.

Credentials/Documentation

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), signed by both the PHA and their partner, must be included in the application. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program.

Award Procedures

Threshold Requirements: 1) At least 25% of the requested grant amount is required as a match; 2) each PHA applicant must partner with a university legal center, legal aid organization, or legal services organizations prior to the submitting an application. Once an applicant clears the threshold requirements, the applicant will be rated based on the following factors: 1) the comprehensiveness of the applicant's budget; 2) the capacity and experience of the applicant and the applicant's ability to successfully implement the reentry programs designed for the successful reentry of at-risk youth and their families into society; 3) The soundness of the applicant's described approach; 4) description of performance measures; and 5) Whether or not the applicant was awarded FY2014 Jobs Plus grant funds.

Deadlines

Jul 02, 2015

Authorization

Section 211 of the Second Chance Act, Pub. L. No. 110-199.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

HUD will make announcements of grants awards after the review process is completed. Grantees will be notified by letter and will receive instructions on what steps they must take in order to access funding and begin implementing grant activities. Applicants who are not funded will also receive a letter via U.S. postal mail.

Appeals

Debriefings. All applicants may request a debriefing related to their individual application. Applicants requesting to be debriefed must send a written request to Cedric Brown, Director, Grants Management Center, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street, S.W., B-133 Potomac Center, 3rd Floor, Washington, DC 20410.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Percent: 25%. At least 25% of the requested grant amount is required as a match. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Estimated Project Start Date: 09/21/2015 Estimated Project End Date: 03/20/2017 There is an 18-month project and budget period. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Performance measurement report is required.

No cash reports are required.

No progress reports are required.

No expenditure reports are required.

An explicit goal of the Juvenile Reentry Assistance Program is recidivism reduction.

Output or outcome measures of the program could focus on the number of clients made ready or eligible for services or benefits that they would not have otherwise been ready or eligible for without the intervention of civil legal aid.

Grantees will be expected to collect performance data (inputs, outputs, and outcomes) and submit them to HUD, along with their quarterly progress reports.

To this end, successful applicants must demonstrate the ability to collect and report-out on data in two specific areas: First, the level of effort and resources that are being expended at the activity-level by key personnel.

This information will be used in documenting cost-efficiencies across all core activities. Second, successful applicants will be expected to report on grant activities that take place throughout the delivery of legal aid/expungement services. These data must include: -The number of participants determined to be eligible for expungement support; -The number of potential participants you met with; -The number of information sessions held including the number of participants at each information session and the number of participants completing an assessment form; -The number of participants whose records are expunged, sealed, or corrected; -The number of participants whose drivers licenses have been reinstated; -The number of participants who have obtained a rehabilitation certificate, if applicable within the state. The data may also include: -The number of participants you have aided in resolving improper eviction proceedings and fair housing complaints; -The number of participants you have supported in family court through legal assistance to promote health and proper parental relationships; -The number of applicants you have provided with guidance regarding readmission to school and assistance with college applications.

Audits

No audits are required for this program.

Records

-The memorandum of understanding between the PHA and its partner -All records needed to report performance monitoring requirements listed above.

Financial Information

Account Identification

86-0304-0-1-604.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 15 $0; FY 16 est $1,753,464; and FY 17 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None. This program will be facilitated through the DC headquarters.

Headquarters Office

Naana Boampong 451 7th street SW , Washington, District of Columbia 20410 Email: naana.a.boampong@hud.gov Phone: 2024027154

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The criteria will be based on the budget the applicant supplies, the detailed, capacity and experience of the applicant, the soundness of approach in executing the goals of the program, whether the applicant has put performance measures in place to capture their progress, whether the applicant is a Jobs Plus grantee.



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