Adult Reentry Grant Program Warm Handoff Reentry Services Cohort II

Details

Purpose:

The Adult Reentry Grant program provides funding for community-based organizations to deliver reentry services for people formerly incarcerated in state prison.

Description:

The target population identified in SB 840 are people who have been formerly sentenced to and released from state prison. This includes people leaving state prison that are on parole or those monitored by the probation departments of each county through PostRelease Community Supervision (PRCS).

Successful proposals will be funded for approximately three years and 7 months commencing July 1, 2021 and ending February 28, 2025.  Applicants will be allowed to request up to a maximum of $500,000 for the entire grant period.  No match is required.

Eligible applicants are Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) located in the State of California that have been determined by the IRS to have 501(c)(3) status (i.e., nonprofit).  Verification of applicant’s status as a 501(c)(3) must be submitted with the California Secretary of State database. https://businesssearch.sos.ca.gov/

Senate Bill (SB)1380 (General RFP Appendix B) chaptered September 29, 2016 and effective January 1, 2017, requires a state agency that funds, implements, or administers a state program that provides housing or housing-related services to people experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness, to adopt guidelines and regulations to include Housing First policies.

It is important for applicants to be aware that SB 1380 applies to the Adult Reentry Grant Program. As such, this will require applicants proposing projects that include housing or housing-related services to people experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness to incorporate the core components of Housing First in their proposed program design.

Housing First is an approach to serving people experiencing homelessness that recognizes a homeless person must first be able to access a decent, safe place to live, that does not limit length of stay (permanent housing), before stabilizing, improving health, reducing harmful behaviors, or increasing income. Under the Housing First approach, anyone experiencing homelessness is connected to a permanent home as quickly as possible and Housing First programs remove barriers to accessing housing and do not require sobriety or an absence of criminal history. It is based on the “hierarchy of need” in which people must access basic necessities like a safe place to live and food to eat before being able to achieve quality of life or pursue personal goals. Housing First values choice not only in where to live, but whether to participate in services. For this reason, tenants are not required to participate in services to access or retain housing.

The statutory language authorizing the Adult Reentry Grant Program does not specify the types of Warm Handoff reentry services to be funded. Applicants should select programs that best fit the needs of the community. Additionally, the ESC has placed a priority on services that lead to permanent housing and the provision of critical-time intervention that meets the immediate needs of individuals upon their release from prison or from placement by parole in residential treatment.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit

Eligible applicants are Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) located in the State of California that have been determined by the IRS to have 501(c)(3) status (i.e., nonprofit).  Verification of applicant’s status as a 501(c)(3) must be submitted with the California Secretary of State database. https://businesssearch.sos.ca.gov/ The applicant must have been duly organized, in existence, and in good standing as of November 20, 2019.

Important Dates

Application deadline The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantor.
Expected award announcement The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
June 10, 2021
Period of performance The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
7/1/2021 - 2/28/2025

Funding Details

Total estimated available funding The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
$17,575,000
Expected number of awards A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Dependent
Estimated amount per award Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
$1 – $500,000
Letter of Intent Required? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
No
Requires Matched Funding? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
No
Funding Source: The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State

Funding Source Notes:

The Budget Act of 2020 (Assembly Bill 89, Chapter 7, Statutes of 2020) appropriated funding for the Adult Reentry Program in the amount of $37,000,000 to be divided equally between Rental Assistance and Warm Handoff Programs and allocated as follows (Appendix C):• $17,575,000 for Rental Assistance• $17,575,000 for Warm Handoff Reentry Services• $1,850,000 to the BSCC for costs to administer the grant

Funding Method: The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Advance(s)

Funding Method Notes:

BSCC will disburse 1/3 of awarded funds within 75 days of the execution date set forth in the grant agreement to the grantee.  When a grantee expends 80% of the disbursed funds, and has submitted the required documentation of those expenditures to the BSCC, the BSCC will disburse an additional 1/3 of the award. The final 1/3 of the award shall be disbursed after a grantee expends 80% of the total disbursed funds.

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.

Resources

For questions about this grant, contact:
Tanya Hill, 1-916-618-7484, ARGWarmHandoff@bscc.ca.gov