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Cuban and Haitian Entrant Resettlement Program

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Administered by:

US Federal Government Agency (see all agencies)
Department Of Homeland Security
CFDA #: 97.009

Criteria for selecting proposals...

Per the program announcement published in the Federal Register soliciting applications: after consultation with members of the staff of OIA/PHAB and other experts in related fields or ad hoc groups, as deemed necessary, the Director of PHAB will approve the award of grants and cooperative agreements which best promote the primary and secondary resettlement purposes of this program. The Director, PHAB will consider the following factors: (1) Organizational and Financial History: (a) Organizational history - philosophy, government mechanism, senior board members, personnel, and members; (b) Financial history - IRS tax status, financial management system, audit history, previous Federal program/projected funds, current funding source; (2) Agency Associations: (a) Experience with volunteer agencies; (b) Experience with social services delivery systems - subcontracts with State and municipal agencies, membership on governmental service boards, association and/or affiliation with other nonprofit or related organizations and groups; (3) Program and Services History: (a) Understanding of service issues and population; (b) Previous refugee services experience; (c) Current program focus - direct services, information and referral activities, counseling/crisis intervention; (d) Current and potential volunteer assistance; (e) Project growth; (4) Resettlement plan: (a) Program specifics - numbers of refugees to be settled, duration of program; (b) Program strategy - employment/training, housing/household goods, clothing, health care, 5. English as a Second Language education, acculturation/counseling, transportation services, crisis intervention, follow-up; (c) Sponsorship breakdown plan; (d) Networking and coordination with on-going State and municipal service systems; (e) Program organization - staff organization/management, staff experience, extent of participation by volunteers; (5) Financial Management Plan: (a) Per capita cost; (b) Administrative costs; (c) Direct service cost categorized. The Director, PHAB will also consider the results of the applications review conducted by panels of experts in the field of primary and secondary resettlement of Cubans and Haitians or in the field of social services. These panels will use the following weighted criteria to evaluate the proposals: A. The qualifications of the applicant organization or agency and the local organization if applicable, with respect to: 1. Demonstrated experience in the resettlement/placement of or provision of services to Cuban/Haitian entrants or other Nationalities; and, 2. demonstrated capacity for effective programmatic and fiscal management and accountability. (10 POINTS) B. The rationale for the proposed selection of resettlement site(s) location as evidenced by: 1. The quantitative and qualitative descriptions of the characteristics of the proposed resettlement city; 2. The institutional presence or broad support base of the applicant agency, or, the presence of a local organization in the proposed resettlement city; and, 3. Documentation of community support. (10 POINTS) C. The adequacy of the overall general program design in terms of: 1. Proposed phase activities, services, and times; 2. Proposed plans for overall agency management and program management, including clear organizational charts reflecting lines of authority and responsibility; and 3. Staff qualifications, staffing patterns, and proposed staff training. (15 POINTS) D. The capacity for providing required program services, as demonstrated by: 1. The program plan to provide basic services during all periods and phases of the program; 2. an integrated program plan to provide all program services during the Reception/Processing and resettlement phases; 3. sensitivity to the issues of culture, race, ethnicity; and 4. utilization of resources in a manner which promotes and fosters cultural identification and mutual