Victims of Human Trafficking – Services and Outreach (VHT-SO) Program – ACF Region 8

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Opportunity ID: 329115
Opportunity Number: HHS-2021-ACF-IOAS-OTIP-ZV-1955
Opportunity Title: Victims of Human Trafficking – Services and Outreach (VHT-SO) Program – ACF Region 8
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Income Security and Social Services
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 93.598
Eligible Applicants: State governments
County governments
City or township governments
Special district governments
Independent school districts
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Private institutions of higher education
For profit organizations other than small businesses
Small businesses
Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility”
Additional Information on Eligibility: As referenced in 45 CFR §75.216(b), HHS funds are prohibited from being paid as profit to any recipient even if the recipient is a commercial organization. Profit is defined as any amount in excess of allowable direct and indirect costs. Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement. Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.
Agency Code: HHS-ACF-OTIP
Agency Name: Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children and Families-IOAS-OTIP
Posted Date: Sep 18, 2020
Last Updated Date: Sep 18, 2020
Estimated Synopsis Post Date: Mar 22, 2021
Fiscal Year: 2021
Award Ceiling: $400,000
Award Floor: $200,000
Estimated Total Program Funding: $400,000
Expected Number of Awards: 2
Description: The Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is announcing funds for the newly developed Victims of Human Trafficking – Services and Outreach (VHT-SO) Program – ACF Region 8. The goal of the VHT-SO Program is to fund local organizations located in ACF Region 8 (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming). Prime recipients will build, expand, and sustain organizational and local capacity in their selected geographic area to deliver services and financial assistance to foreign national victims of severe forms of human trafficking as defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000. Foreign national includes nonresident alien individuals, and any other person that is not a United States (U.S.) person. Foreign nationals include individuals who are not U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, parolees, refugees, or asylees. Through the provision of direct services, emergency assistance, and referrals, the VHT-SO Program seeks to assist victims of labor and sex trafficking in their pursuit of independence and self-sufficiency. Under the VHT-SO Program, the following activities are required: 1) deliver comprehensive case management, and direct financial assistance, to support foreign national victims of both labor and sex trafficking with out-of-pocket expenses while they seek U.S. Department of Health and Human Services certification; 2) conduct outreach to increase identification of foreign national victims of both labor and sex trafficking; and 3) deliver training to service providers and community partners on effective intervention on behalf of victims, and strategies to identify, respond, and serve victims of human trafficking in a person-centered, trauma-informed, culturally- and linguistically-responsive manner to support victims' efforts to achieve independence and self-sufficiency. The VHT-SO Program is informed by a whole family approach that focuses equally and intentionally on services and opportunities for victims and their immediate family members living within their households, when in the best interest of the client. OTIP is encouraging the establishment of community partnerships, meaningful engagement of survivors, and the hiring of qualified professionals that reflect the communities being served in all project implementation strategies. Under VHT-SO, the prime recipient has a 12-month project implementation period to facilitate optional partnerships, on-board new staff, develop victim service protocol, and develop a sustainability plan.
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