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Hope House's Guardian Program

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $200,000)

The Congressionally Recommended Awards Program, authorized by the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2010 (Pub. L. 111-117), helps improve the functioning of the criminal justice system, prevent or combat juvenile delinquency, and/or assist victims of crime (other than compensation). Funds should be used for the projects recommended by Congress, in the amounts specified in the joint explanatory statement incorporated by reference into Pub. L. 111-117, and generally consistent with one or more of the following statutory purposes: improving the functioning of the criminal justice system, preventing or combating juvenile delinquency, or assisting victims of crime (other than compensation). Each of these purposes is framed using language drawn, respectively, from the former Byrne discretionary statute, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, the Victims of Crime Act, and the Violence Against Women Act. This project is authorized and funded through a line item in the FY 2010 Congressional Budget and by the joint explanatory statement that is incorporated by reference into the FY2010 Department of Justice Appropriations Act.

Hope House Guardian Program is a safe exchange and visitation center that provides children safe access to their non-custodial parents. The primary target population includes domestic violence victims and their children, although the program is also open to families in need of supervised visits due to sexual assault, child abuse, substance abuse, and/or mental health issues. The Hope House Guardian Program's goal is to enhance the local court ability to provide a safe option for supervised visitation and monitored custody exchanges by offering a safe, neutral site where visits and exchanges occur. The Hope House Guardian Program accomplishes its goal through the following objectives: (1) the Guardian Program remains available to families in need of safe monitored exchange and supervised visitation arrangements; (2) the Guardian Program offers multiple levels of service to meet families' needs; (3) the Guardian Program demonstrates a strong commitment to the quality of services provided; and (4) the Guardian Program engages in community collaboration. Hope House is requesting $200,000 over two years to accomplish these aims.


Date Created: August 29, 2010