Grant Application Entries
Boys & Girls Haven, Inc in Collaboration with Coalition for the Homeless
2301 Goldsmith Lane
Louisville, Kentucky 40218-1018
Major Gifts Officer
Preventing Homelessness for Foster Care Youth
Boys & Girls Haven and the Coalition for the Homeless seek a collaborative investment to partner on a place-based program that aims to provide holistic care to youth aging out of the foster care system who are at high risk of experiencing disconnection and homelessness. Boys & Girls Haven and the Coalition for the Homeless will partner on the Housing Choice Voucher Program – Family Unification Program (FUP), and specifically serve older youth aging out of the foster care system in Kentucky. FUP is a program under which Housing Choice Vouchers are provided to either families or youth. For purposes of our partnership and this grant application, we would work with youth at least 18 years old and not more than 24 years old who have left foster care the age at 16 or older, or will leave foster care within 90 days; and are homeless; or are at risk of homelessness. FUP vouchers used by youth are limited to 36 months of housing assistance, and youth may use the vouchers provided through FUP to lease decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private housing market. In addition to rental assistance, supportive services must be provided to FUP youths for at least the first 18 months that the youth participates in the program. Boys & Girls Haven would provide these supportive services via a targeted case manager with wrap-around supports through a trauma-informed care modality. Together during the grant period Boys & Girls Haven and the Coalition for the Homeless would provide FUP vouchers and ongoing, wrap-around support services to at least 20 youth.
This program endeavors to improve the standard of living for youth and provide critical services as they transition into adulthood. Boys & Girls Haven will provide wrap-around supports to participating youth that include:
• Individualized life skills and personality assessments
• Access to weekly independent living groups
• Access to one-on-one and group mentoring
• Career coaching
• Access to immediate internship, apprenticeship, and job placements as well as certification programs
• Partnerships with local businesses who mentor youth to offer them permanent employment
• Assistance with applying for benefits
• Referrals to life skills and financial/budgeting classes
• Connecting youth to drop-in centers that provide food, hygiene items, laundry, shower services, and computer use
We respectfully request a $15,000 grant from the Kentucky Social Welfare Foundation to underwrite the salary of a new case manager for the FUP program. Boys & Girls Haven will match private donations with this grant in order to implement the full budget. Upon grant confirmation, we would engage the following timeline:
• Task: Recruit for new case manager (Boys & Girls Haven) – 4 weeks to recruit and hire
• Task: Onboard and train new case manager (Boys & Girls Haven) – 2 weeks
• Task: Collaborative meeting to identify appropriate youth for vouchers (Boys & Girls Haven and the Coalition – ongoing once per month during grant period
• Task: Case manager maintains four contacts per month including at least two face-to-face contacts with youth on caseload (Boys & Girls Haven) – ongoing monthly
• Task: Case manager utilizes Kaleidacare to track individual outcomes for clients (Boys & Girls Haven) – ongoing monthly
• Task: FUP youth have access to case manager (Boys & Girls Haven) – 24/7
• Task: FUP youth have access to additional programming (Boys & Girls Haven and Coalition for the Homeless) – ongoing
Boys & Girls Haven receives youth into our care from every county in Kentucky. For purposes of this grant application and partnership with the Coalition for the Homeless, services will be directed within Jefferson County to youth aged 16 to 24 who are aging out of the foster care system. Boys & Girls Haven is distinguished by our specialization in serving older male youth and we anticipate 80% of clients served through this grant will be male (16 youth) and four will be female. We expect to serve 60 percent African American youth and 40 percent Caucasian youth. One hundred percent of clients served are at or below the poverty level.
The Coalition maintains a service area in Jefferson County (Louisville Metro), Kentucky. The Coalition serves individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Based on a recent "Homeless Population Report" from the Coalition, the racial and ethnic makeup is pretty evenly distributed between people of color and Caucasians, with a higher number of males.
Boys & Girls Haven: 65 full-time and 10 part-time
Coalition for the Homeless: 15
Volunteers: over 500 annually
Boys & Girls Haven endeavors to ensure foster care youth thrive in life. We provide a continuum of care across programs that include community-based counseling; residential foster care; therapeutic in-home foster care; and Independent Living (transitional) programs.
The mission of the Coalition for the Homeless is to prevent and end homelessness in Louisville. Members consist of over 30 shelters, agencies, and advocacy groups in the Louisville area. The Coalition for the Homeless aims to educate the community about homelessness and inspire action, advocate for system changes, and coordinate the community responds to homelessness through efficient use of resources and funding. The Coalition provides services within Jefferson County, Louisville Metro.
With over 600 youth aging out of foster care in Kentucky annually, there is significant need in services for this special needs population that often go overlooked, which contributes to increasingly high rates of homelessness that directly impact communities across the state. Our program implements the purpose of the Kentucky Social Welfare Foundation by improving the standards of living for a special needs population of Kentucky youth and coupling housing with case management supports to ensure clients served receive training and tools needs to thrive in life. Boys & Girls Haven and the Coalition for the Homeless are both established nonprofit organizations that seek to enlarge and broaden our scope of operation through this unique partnership. A grant from the Kentucky Social Welfare Foundation will provide the financial backing needed to setup this new project and provide essential services not already in existence for a special needs population of clients.
This program aims to provide critical supports to youth during a time of upheaval and transition. Over 600 young people age out of state’s care in Kentucky annually with this rate expected to increase in coming years. The outlook for young adults aging out of foster care is dismal with 75% exiting state’s care at 18 not successful and thriving. Additionally, 47% are chronically unemployed; 20% are chronically homeless; 71% of the population who have jobs make less than $25,000 annually; and only 4% of foster care youth receive a college degree. These distressing statistics clearly indicate systemic issues that disproportionally impact foster care youth. Additionally, the persisting challenges of COVID-19 are impacting young people at alarming rates. According to recent research from the Pew Research Foundation, nearly three-in-ten youths were neither working nor in school through June 2020. At the beginning of 2020, the share of Americans ages 16 to 24 who were disconnected from work and school mirrored rates from the previous year. But between March and April, the share jumped significantly, from 12% to 20%. By June 2020, 28% of youths were neither in school nor the workplace. Foster care youth are at an alarmingly high risk of becoming disconnected without appropriate, holistic intervention and transition-planning integrated in their early teen years. This program would provide a safe place for older youth to live while offering ongoing targeted case management and access to the full range of programming and interventions offered by Boys & Girls Haven. Case management services would include teaching pivotal skills like money management and soft skills development, applying for benefits, completing rental applications and mitigating issues, job preparation and career exploration, educational counseling, proper nutrition and meal preparation, and ongoing access to mental, emotional and physical health support through a trauma-informed care modality. Boys & Girls Haven is distinguished by our programming for youth transitional to adulthood. This unique, collaborative approach with the Coalition for the Homeless brings together their expertise in housing, rental assistance and homelessness prevention with our proficiency in providing a holistic approach to a youth’s wellbeing to ensure they thrive in life.
The Coalition for the Homeless is the leading nonprofit organization working to prevent and end homelessness in Kentucky. The Coalition is seeking referral partners for the Family Reunification Program vouchers and is currently working with Volunteers of America to provide supports to families. However, the Boys & Girls Haven partnership with the Coalition specifically targeting youth aging out of foster care is the first such collaboration to serve the specific need of homelessness prevent in this population. Boys & Girls Haven does have many sister agencies; however, we are distinguished by our programming for youth transitioning out of care.
Boys & Girls Haven is distinguished by our services to older youth aging out of the foster care system. With programs like Independence Readiness and one of the few transitional living programs for foster care youth in the state, Boys & Girls Haven is uniquely positioned to provide services to this population. Boys & Girls Haven maintains a 70-year history or providing a home and a future to our communities most vulnerable youth. Additionally, our continuum of care provides holistic, wrap-around supports to each client through a trauma-informed care modality. Our clients receive Health & Wellness support with 24/7 access to medical and psychiatric care; Education & Tutoring support to ensure each client is maintaining or exceeding educational expectations; Individual & Group Therapy; Equine-Assisted Therapy; Self-Care and Life Skills Development.
Our ambition is to provide stable housing coupled with targeted case management to 20 youth aging out of foster care during the grant period. Our key goals include:
• Providing FUP vouchers and stable housing to at least 20 youth
• Assisting under-served, special needs youth with access to quality medical, emotional and behavioral care within the Trauma-Informed Care modality
• Providing educational opportunities that address learning differences, facilitate mastery in core skills and close identified achievement gaps
• Equipping young people with the necessary self-efficacy and life skills (including career exploration & job readiness) to enter adulthood with confidence, purpose and determination
• Integrating Independence Readiness programming through targeted case management to better prepare youth for transition out of state’s care
• Helping more youth aging out of foster care thrive in life
In order to demonstrate success, we will track outcomes according to each client and their individualized treatment plan, in addition to collectively achieving the following:
• 90% of participating youth will demonstrate mastery of pre-defined job-readiness skills
• 80% of participating youth will be gainfully employed, participating in an internship or volunteer experience, and/or continuing their education through career exploration
• 90% of youth will demonstrate measurable improvement in essential life skills development & life skills training
Additionally, as part of ongoing Independence Readiness programming provided by the case manager, youth will participate in several evaluation tools including The Daniel Memorial Life Skills Assessment and Curriculum, the IDEAS and 16 Personalities assessments and The Junior Achievement Personal Success Curriculum. Career success indicators for our youth will be tracked in order to determine the number employed and retaining employment and enrolled in or continue to pursue post-secondary education or vocational training as a result of these interventions.
We track the progress of clients across multiple metrics from the time of intake to the time of discharge. We utilize Kaleidacare, a sophisticated software system designed for social services agencies for case management that track metrics and outcomes in real time, with reporting processes in place monthly. We employ a full-time Training & Quality Assurance Manager responsible for oversight of Kaleidacare. At time of intake each youth receives an initial health screening assessment (behavioral, mental and physical) and psycho-social assessment. Educational proficiency is also determined to discover any achievement gaps. All youth participate in additional evaluative tools per their level of need. These assessments include: The Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Questionnaire, Developmental Assets Checklist, unit/module assessments (formative evaluation), and staff observations/reports. Youth files are evaluated every 30 days with a final evaluation at discharge. These evaluations are utilized to assess target goals, review progress and report on outcomes. Achievement and performance goals are set individually per youth. Outcomes are reported and shared agency-wide via a scorecard dashboard, which is reviewed monthly. Collaborative teams that support each youth review progress in real time and adjust as needed to insure successful outcomes.
Boys & Girls Haven executes a robust fund development plan each year to sustain and grow funding through a mix of targeted grant proposals, corporate support, private donations and event fundraising. In addition to proactively securing funds from a variety of sources, Boys & Girls Haven receives 100% support from our Board. We seek major individual gifts each year, maintain a healthy monthly giving program, benefit from legacy gifts and bequests. We focus on increased donor retention each year to insure we maintain engaged donors. Additionally, with recent federal legislative changes we are proactively modifying our program model design to capitalize on new funding streams directed to preventative programming for foster care youth. We will continue diligence in securing and safeguarding funds for this and other critical programs at Boys & Girls Haven.
Clients are not charged for services. Our community-based counseling provides services to clients with Medicaid. Working through the Department of Community Based Services (DCBS) Boys & Girls Haven receives earned revenue for clients in care -- this per diem varies by program and current census in programs.
18%: Boys & Girls Haven
25%: Boys & Girls Haven
2015: $6,500 grant to Boys & Girls Haven
The Coalition for the Homeless has never received a grant from the Kentucky Social Welfare Foundation.