Family and Youth Services Bureau 2018 Appropriations Update
Greetings FYSB Partners,
We are writing to share great news and to celebrate with all of you! On March 23, 2018 Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 which will provide funding for federal programs for the remainder of fiscal year 2018; which ends on September 30, 2018. In addition to the most recent appropriations bill, Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 on February 9, 2018 and this bill included a two-year extension for FYSB’s Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program’s Title 513 of the Social Security Act, Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) and Title 510 of the Social Security Act, Abstinence Education (renamed Sexual Risk Avoidance Education) through Fiscal Year 2019. The Family and Youth Services Bureau is thrilled with the increased funding Congress has provided to support the families, children, and youth that you serve every day.
The much-needed appropriations increases and grant program extensions enable FYSB to complete its mission-critical work of supporting the organizations and communities that work every day to put an end to youth homelessness, adolescent pregnancy, and domestic violence. Listed below is a summary of the FYSB specific appropriations as referenced in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, please review pages 910-922 of the full bill text for additional information on FYSB’s appropriations.
Family and Youth Services Bureau’s Programs 2018 Appropriations Summary
- Consolidated Runaway and Homeless Youth Program are funded at $110 million, an increase of $8.3 million from the FY 2017 enacted appropriation level. The appropriations report includes language directing the increase to be provided for Transitional Living Program and Maternal Group Home grants; stating that funds must be prioritized to ensure that all grantees whose awards end on April 30, 2018 can continue operations through the end of FY 2018.
- Prevention Grants to Reduce Abuse of Runaway Youth are funded at $17.1 million, the same as the FY 2017 enacted appropriation level. Congress also acknowledges the value of geographic balance in providing resources to fight against youth homelessness and encourages the Administration on Children and Families to award at least one grant in each of the 10 regions.
- Family Violence Prevention and Services are funded at $160 million, an increase of $9 million over the FY 2017 enacted appropriation level and includes report language directing that $5 million of the increase be directed to Native American tribes and tribal organizations.
- Domestic Violence Hotline is funded at $9.25 million with an increase of $1 million from the FY 2017 enacted appropriation level.
- Sexual Risk Avoidance Education General Departmental Funded Grants are funded at $25 million with an increase of $5 million from the FY 2017 enacted appropriation level.
- Title V Sexual Risk Avoidance Education Program (formula and discretionary grants) is funded at $75 million with a 20% set-aside for program support and the non-federal match requirement in Title 510 of the Social Security Act was rescinded.
- Competitive Personal Responsibility Education Program’s project period is extended through fiscal year 2019.
Over the next few weeks the entire FYSB team will be working to ensure that we are implementing the appropriated funding as Congress has stipulated. This work will include updated Funding Opportunity Announcements; research and evaluation planning; and increased training and technical assistance. We thank you for your patience, partnership, and support as we move forward with implementation over the next few weeks. Any new announcements related to our implementation will be shared via email and posted on FYSB’s website.