Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $898,000)
The Department of Justice developed a comprehensive and coordinated approach for tribal governments to apply for funding to reduce and prevent crime and victimization. Through this process, the Department's existing tribal government-specific programs are included in, and available through a single Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS). Through this solicitation, only one application was accepted from each federally recognized tribe to encourage comprehensive assessments of need and planning. Each tribe could apply for funding under ten purpose areas, which included funding from the Office of Community Oriented Policing, Office of Justice Programs (including the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office for Victims of Crime, and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention), and Office on Violence Against Women. The tribe had the flexibility to select the purpose areas whose funding addressed the needs of the tribe as outlined in its tribal and community profile. There were ten purpose areas in total, and purpose area 4 was dedicated to the Tribal Justice Systems Infrastructure Program (TJSIP).
Funding through the Tribal Justice System Infrastructure Program will support efforts to renovate or expand buildings to enhance conditions or to change the use of a building to any of the following purposes: single jurisdiction or regional tribal correctional facilities, correctional alternative facilities, multipurpose justice centers (including police departments, courts, and corrections), and transitional living facilities (halfway houses) to address justice-involved populations within tribal jurisdictions. Funding will also support the building of prefabricated or permanent modular facilities where there are no existing permanent structures available or sufficient to address the tribes justice system infrastructure needs.
The Port Gamble SKlallam Tribe will use the grant funds to build the tribe's first transitional housing that will serve the reentry community after incarceration or other court-ordered services. With this funding, the Port Gamble SKlallam Tribes Court Services Department will purchase two 3,300 square feet modular units and place them on tribal-owned land, connect to all utilities, and furnish them. One unit will be for men and one for women. This will dramatically improve the efficacy of the justice system by providing housing for those in reentry, many of whom are currently homeless or residing with family in situations that do not support their recovery.