Maternity Group Home Program
The Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) serves runaway and homeless youth by funding the following grant programs: the Basic Center Program, the Transitional Living Program, the Maternity Group Home Program, the Street Outreach Program, and the National Runaway Switchboard. Ninety percent of RHYA funding goes to programs providing housing, emergency shelter, and homelessness prevention projects and the remaining 10 percent funds supportive service providers.
The Maternity Group Home (MGH) Program supports homeless pregnant and/or parenting young people between the ages of 16 - 22, as well as their dependent children. Services are provided for up to 21 months. Exceptions are granted which allow youth to remain in the program until they reach the age of 18, even if that time exceeds the 21-month limitation.
Maternity group homes offer an intensive array of services to meet the short- and longer-term needs of pregnant and parenting youth. MGH grantees are required to teach young people parenting skills as well as child development, family budgeting, health and nutrition, and other skills that promote long-term economic independence, and ensure the well-being of their children.
MGH grantees are required to offer the following services either directly or by referral:
- Safe, stable living accommodations
- Basic life-skill building including: consumer education and instruction in budgeting; using credit; housekeeping; menu planning and food preparation; and parenting skills
- Interpersonal skill building, including enhancing young people’s abilities to establish positive relationships with peers and adults, and to make decisions and manage stress
- Educational opportunities, such as GED preparation, post secondary training, or vocational education
- Assistance in job preparation and attainment, such as career counseling and job placement
- Education, information, and counseling to prevent, treat, and reduce substance abuse
- Mental health care, including individual and group counseling
- Physical health care, including routine physicals, health assessments, and emergency treatment
- Child-safe transitional and independent living accommodations
- Education in parenting, child discipline, and safety, as well as direct supervision of parenting and related domestic skills
- Mental, physical, and reproductive health care, including individual and family counseling of parent and child
- Resources to help youth identify reliable and affordable child care
- Lessons in money management and use of credit
- Services to promote parents' educational advancement
- Facilitation of parent involvement in local schools and other child education programs
Maternity Group Home Programs target runaway, homeless or street youth between the ages of 16 – 22 who are parenting or pregnant.
Public and non-profit private entities, Tribal Governments and combinations of such entities are typically considered eligible applicants. In addition to other eligible applicants, current MGH grantees with project periods ending on or before the next fiscal year’s funding date may also apply for a new competitive grant. Individuals, foreign entities, and sole proprietorship organizations are not eligible to compete for or receive MGH funding awards. Additional information on eligibility may be found in the MGH funding opportunity announcement.
Funding for this program is discretionary and subject to the availability of federal funds.Grantees are also required to meet a non-federal share of the project cost, in accordance with RHY Act requirements at 42 U.S.C. 5716, which equals 10 percent of the total approved project cost.