TLP Grant Update Regarding Grants Ending September 30, 2013 to March 30, 2014

Members of U.S. Congress send letter to HHS Secretary Sebelius expressing serious concern about HHS’s adminstration of Transtioinal Living Program (TLP) grants.

HHS awarded 34 TLP grants in 2009 and plans to provide extensions and bridge funding for 25 of these grantees whose funding expires sometime between September 30, 2013 and before March 31, 2014. This will allow these 25 grantees to continue to provide services while they compete for the FY 2014 funding which will be awarded by March 31, 2014. However, HHS’s ability to provide this bridge funding is contingent upon enactment of an initial FY 2014 Continuing Resolution.

Regarding the 9 TLP grantees that will not receive gap funding:

  •  Six of the nine grantees have performance periods that extend until March 31, 2014 or later. These grantees are eligible to participate in the 2014 grant cycle. The 2014 awards will be made in time to avoid a gap in funding for these grantees.
  • Three of the nine grantees were funded under the Supportive Services for Rural Homeless Youth (SSRHY) Demonstration Project. Their grants will expire onSeptember 30, 2013, and FYSB will not be publishing a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) soliciting applications for this project.

Why are these 3 SSRHY grantees ineligible?

The Supportive Services for Rural Homeless Youth (SSRHY) Demonstration Project was funded in the cohort of 2009 TLP grants. The demonstration is concluding and we will not be providing funding in 2014, so it would not be appropriate to provide extensions or bridge funding for them.

Why have these TLP grants been delayed?

The cause of these delays in funding cycles was a result of: grants awarded in 2008 had a range of expiration dates, and we were trying to move to a structure in which all grants awarded at the same time had the same expiration date so that we could avoid future gaps and grants in the first quarter were constrained by the uncertainty of funding levels under Congress (due to continuing resolution and the possibility of sequestration).

HHS is working hard to address and avoid the serious consequences that result when communities and youth in crisis experience gaps in services by:

  • Starting the FY 14 competition in October 2013 so HHS can award these grants by March 31. For all grants that are expiring between September 30, 2013 and before March 31, 2014 other than the three grants from the expiring SSRHY demonstration, HHS will provide bridge funding while they are competing. Grantees will be eligible for up to 25 percent of their annual funding, the maximum amount HHS can provide under standard grants policy rules. However, HHS can only provide this bridge funding if Congress enacts an initial FY 2014 Continuing Resolution. HHS will have no ability to provide this bridge funding without a FY 14 CR.
  • For any grantee whose grant is expiring between September 30, 2013 and March 31, 2014, they will be eligible to compete in the FY 14 competition and awards will be announced no later than March 31, 2014.

The National Network for Youth would like to thank Becky Shipp in Senator Hatch’s office for her tireless commitment to provide safety, healing, and a place to call home for youth served by RHYA programs. NN4Y is also grateful for the letter that Congressman Lynch (MA-8)Congressman Capuano (MA-7)Congresswoman Maloney (NY-12), and Congresswoman Lofgren (CA-19) sent to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius  also signed on to this letter.

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Darla Bardine

DATE

September 27, 2013

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