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Announcement of the Award of 12 Single-Source Program Expansion Supplement Grants to Unaccompanied Alien Children's Shelter Care Grantees

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AGENCY:

Office of Refugee Resettlement, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services.

ACTION:

Announcement of the award of 12 single-source program expansion grants to 10 current grantees to expand bed capacity and supportive services to the increasing number of unaccompanied alien children.

SUMMARY:

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) announces the award of twelve single-source program expansion supplement grants to the following ten current grantees, for a total of $33,653,092.

OrganizationLocationAmount
Children's Center, IncGalveston, TX$354,377
BCFS Health and Human ServicesSan Antonio, TX11,826,867
Heartland Human Care Services, IncChicago, IL1,459,119
Southwest Key, IncAustin, TX12,450,000
United States Conference of Catholic BishopsWashington, DC300,000
Lutheran Immigration Refugee ServicesBaltimore, MD2,500,000
Lutheran Social Services of the SouthAustin, TX2,171,142
His HouseOpa Locka, FL950,000
Lincoln HallLincolndale, NY523,520
Youth For TomorrowBristow, VA1,118,067

These supplement grants will support the expansion of bed capacity and supportive services to meet the number of unaccompanied alien children referrals from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The funding program is mandated by section 462 of the Homeland Security Act to ensure appropriate placement of all referrals from the DHS. The program is tied to DHS apprehension strategies and sporadic number of border crossers. Award funds will support services to unaccompanied alien children through September 30, 2013.

DATES:

The period of support under these supplements is October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2013.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Jallyn Sualog, Acting Director, Division of Children's Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement, 901 D Street SW., Washington, Telephone (202) 401-4997. Email: jallyn.sualog@acf.hhs.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Since the beginning of FY 13, the Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) program has seen a dramatic increase in the number of DHS referrals. The influx of border crossers referred by DHS has grown beyond anticipated rates and has resulted in the program needing a significant increase in the number of shelter beds and supportive services.

The UAC program has specific requirements for the provision of services to unaccompanied alien children. These grantee organizations are the only entities with the infrastructure, licensing, experience, and appropriate level of trained staff to meet the required service requirements and the urgent need for the expansion of services required to respond to unexpected arrivals of unaccompanied children. The program expansion supplement will support such services and alleviate the buildup of children waiting in border patrol stations for placement in shelter care.

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Statutory Authority: Section 462 of the Homeland Security Act, (6 U.S.C. 279) and sections 235(c) and 235(d) of the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008, (8 U.S.C. 1232(c) and 1232(d)).

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Eskinder Negash,

Director, Office of Refugee Resettlement.

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[FR Doc. 2013-09699 Filed 4-23-13; 8:45 am]

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