News and Advocacy Alerts

Defend LGBTQ+ Families

When Governor Mary Fallin signed SB1140 last week, Oklahoma became the 8th U.S. state to enact legislation authorizing organizations that place children and youth in foster and adoptive homes to discriminate against LGBTQ families. Other states include Alabama, Texas, Mississippi, North Dakota, South Dakota, Virginia, and Michigan. The Kansas state legislature has passed such a bill which now awaits signature from Governor Jeff Colyer, and South Carolina and Colorado aren’t far behind.

These policies discriminate against LGBTQ families, expose youth in child welfare systems to messages of contempt, and deny children and youth in need of loving homes access to families that want to welcome them. If you are in Kansas, South Carolina or Colorado, the time to reach out to your state elected officials is now!

If you don’t live in one of these states, you can still be an ally. There is a national campaign supporting draft legislation known as the Every Child Deserves a Family (ECDF) Act. Learn about the bill, access resources for education and advocacy, and encourage your representatives in the U.S. House and Senate to support ECDF here: https://everychilddeservesafamily.com.

 

Basic Center Program Funding Opportunity Announcement Now Available

National Safe Place Network (NSPN) is pleased to share the release of the 2018 Basic Center Program (BCP) funding opportunity announcement (FOA). All applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. EDT on July 5. This funding opportunity is for 36 months, with three 12‑month budget periods.

Funding opportunity number: HHS-2018-ACF-ACYF-CY-1354

Anticipated number of awards: 89

Application due date: July 5, 2018

Read the BCP FOA here: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/HHS-2018-ACF-ACYF-CY-1354

Your Network is Here to Help

Organizational Development members may sign up for grant support and review services now at: www.nspnetwork.org/grant-support.

The overview and preparation webinar will be released to NSPN members with the Organizational Development package on May 21. Weekly support calls will begin on Thursday, May 24, at 2:00 p.m. EDT. Please contact April Carthorn at support@nspnetwork.org to verify access to these benefits and to receive information regarding the weekly calls and other support services.

NSPN is proud to provide benefits exclusively to our members. NSPN does not offer benefits as fee-for-service. You have made NSPN your network, and we are committed to meeting your needs. If you would like to verify your membership status or add the Organizational Development package, contact your membership team at support@nspnetwork.org.

You may also visit www.nspnetwork.org or contact us at info@nspnetwork.org if you have questions.

 

New Report Highlights LGBTQ Youth Homelessness in America

Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago released its second research-to-impact brief, "Missed Opportunities: LGBTQ Youth Homelessness in America," which highlights the specific experiences of youth people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) and face homelessness.

Chapin Hall shared the following about their findings:

"We learned that, compared to heterosexual and non-transgender youth, LGBTQ youth experience higher rates of homelessness. They also face a higher risk of early death and other adversities. On the positive side, the research points to actionable opportunities to better meet the needs of LGBTQ young people in our collective efforts to end youth homelessness."

The first impact brief released by Chapin Hall, "Missed Opportunities: Youth Homelessness in America," shared results from their national survey on unaccompanied youth homelessness. The findings show that nearly 4.2 million youth and young adults in America experienced some form of homelessness over the course of a year.

To learn more, please visit: http://voicesofyouthcount.org/.

 

Street Outreach Program Funding Opportunity Announcement Now Available

National Safe Place Network (NSPN) is pleased to share the release of the 2018 Street Outreach Program (SOP) funding opportunity announcement (FOA). All applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. EDT on June 20. This funding opportunity is for 36 months, with three 12‑month budget periods.

Funding opportunity number: HHS-2018-ACF-ACYF-YO-1353

Anticipated number of awards: 37

Application due date: June 20, 2018

Read the SOP FOA here: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/HHS-2018-ACF-ACYF-YO-1353.

Your Network is Here to Help

Organizational Development members may sign up for grant support and review services now at: www.nspnetwork.org/grant-support.

The overview and preparation webinar will be released to NSPN members with the Organizational Development package on April 26. Weekly support calls will begin on Thursday, April 26, at 1:00 p.m. EDT. Please contact April Carthorn at support@nspnetwork.org to verify access to these benefits and to receive information regarding the weekly calls and other support services.

NSPN is proud to provide benefits exclusively to our members. NSPN does not offer benefits as fee-for-service. You have made NSPN your network, and we are committed to meeting your needs. If you would like to verify your membership status or add the Organizational Development package, contact your membership team at support@nspnetwork.org.

You may also visit www.nspnetwork.org or contact us at info@nspnetwork.org if you have questions.

 

Revised Transitional Living Program and Maternity Group Homes Funding Opportunity Announcement

On March 23, 2018, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, which provided funding for federal programs for the remainder of fiscal year 2018.  Included in the appropriations is an increase of $8.3 million and language with guidance to FYSB to support continuation of services for Transitional Living Program (TLP) and Maternity Group Home (MGH) grantees whose grants end on April 30, 2018 through the end of FY 2018.  FYSB will work directly with the TLP and MGH grantees impacted by the increased funding to coordinate the extension of their current grants.

As a result of the additional appropriations to support TLP and MGH grantees with end dates of April 30, 2018, FYSB has modified the 2018 Transitional Living Program/Maternity Group Home Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), currently scheduled to close on April 5, 2018. Specifically, FYSB is modifying the FOA to revise the budget and program end dates, as well as the available funding for the initial year award. The revised FOA, published here, makes available up to $18,041,111 for new awards in FY 2018. Grants awarded under this announcement will have a start date of September 29, 2018 and the project period will be for 36 months.  The initial award will be for 12 months and run from September 29, 2018 through September 28, 2019. In addition to the initial 12-month award, the 36-month project period includes two, 12-month, non-competing continuation awards of not more than $200,000 each. The total 36-month project period should not exceed $600,000.

Your Network is Here to Help

Organizational Development members may sign up for grant support and review services now at: www.nspnetwork.org/grant-support 

The overview and preparation webinar will be released to NSPN members with the Organizational Development package on March 1. Weekly support calls for TLP funding proposals will begin on Thursday, March 1st at 3:00 p.m. EST.  Please visit your NSPN Member Support Center to access call-in details. If you have questions or need assistance regarding weekly calls or other support services, please contact April Carthorn at support@nspnetwork.org.

These benefits are included with your Organizational Development membership at no additional cost.

NSPN does not offer fee-for-service reviews and is proud to provide benefits exclusively to its members. If you would like to verify your membership status or add the Organizational Development package, contact your membership team at support@nspnetwork.org.

 
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