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ACF Announces $35 Million Plan to Keep At-risk Families Together

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is teaming up with four national foundations to combat family homelessness. ACF will provide $1 million per year to each of five grantees for five years ($25 million total) to demonstrate the effectiveness and potential cost-savings of projects incorporating stable housing and comprehensive services that focus on safety, positive family functioning, and child well-being.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Casey Family Programs, and Edna McConnell Clark Foundation are teaming up to provide an additional $10 million over the five years, for technical assistance and evaluation of the supportive housing plan's effectiveness.

The aim of the program is to help identify high needs families earlier and provide targeted services that can reduce child welfare system involvement and increase housing stability and employment. Grant recipients are encouraged to develop or leverage relationships with key stakeholders, including local philanthropic partners, employment and education programs, substance abuse and mental health providers. 

Child welfare agencies, partnered with local housing agencies or shelters, are encouraged to apply for the grants at  ACF has released a public Notice of Funding Availability that will close on July 30, 2012. Selected grant recipients will be announced in September 2012. 

More information, visit ACF's website  or the Robert Wood Johonson Foundation's website.