Does Technical Assistance and Grant Monitoring provide the support needed for third-party federally funded programs to effectively implement the Office on Violence Against Women’s Transitional Housing Program?

In 2018, the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) awarded 64 programs totaling about $29 million in federal dollars for transitional housing program participants of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking (OVW, 2019b). It is generally recognized that domestic violence is among one of the leading causes of homelessness for families (NAEH, 2019). In 2015, approximately 31,500 adults and children fleeing domestic violence found refuge in shelters and transitional housing programs in a single day (FYSB, 2016). This data indicates that thousands of people annually rely on transitional housing. However, there is no research connecting whether or not technical assistance and grant monitoring leads to programs successfully implementing federal funding in alignment with the spirit of the funding. The result of this study will be to examine the efficiency of grant monitoring and technical assistance provided to programs and how that impacts a program participant's program while housed in the OVW Transitional Housing program.

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