February 10, 2023

Congressman Morgan McGarvey Announces $240,000 in AmeriCorps American Rescue Plan Funding for Louisville

Congressman Morgan McGarvey Announces $240,000 in AmeriCorps American Rescue Plan Funding for Louisville

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 10, 2023) – Today, Congressman Morgan McGarvey (KY-03) announced Father Maloney’s Boys & Girls Haven in Louisville has received a $240,000 AmeriCorps grant through the American Rescue Plan (ARP). This planning grant provides funding that will allow Boys and Girls Haven to expand research and development of new AmeriCorps programs that address critical needs throughout Louisville.

“Every child in Louisville deserves to have a loving, stable, and safe place to live, especially those in the foster care system” said Rep. McGarvey. “I’m so pleased Boys & Girls Haven will receive a $240,000 AmeriCorps grant to continue their important work of preparing young people aging out of the foster care system to live independent and meaningful adult lives. President Biden and Congressional Democrats passed the American Rescue Plan to expand funding for community organizations so we can address our most pressing needs. This funding will build on Boys & Girls Haven’s commitment to our community and allow them to continue helping the most vulnerable in Kentucky’s Third Congressional District.”

 AmeriCorps American Rescue Plan investments will expand nonprofit and community-based organization’s research and planning in Kentucky. The AmeriCorps State and National program, a federal-state partnership with a central role for Governor-appointed State Service Commissions, develops and implements state-specific national service programs. Congressional Democrats passed the American Rescue Plan in 2021, allocating $1 billion for AmeriCorps and its many programs. As the first of their kind, these planning grants provide support to organizations for a 12-month planning period as they develop new AmeriCorps programs that may be eligible for future investment from AmeriCorps. 

"Boys & Girls Haven's Independence Readiness (IR) Program offers evidence-based interventions (career prep, life-skills education, case management, and program referrals) that build resilience and ready young adults to face the challenges that come with achieving independence,” said Amanda Masterson, CEO, Boys & Girls Haven. “IR has chiefly served those aging out of child welfare/local residential facilities at age 18. Through the ARP funding, we were able to expand our programming in 2022 to serve populations of homeless youth who we had not been able to reach in the past. 

“Through the current 1-year funding, we are able to do this very intentionally and in an organized way. We have been working hand in hand with agencies, coalitions, and members of the community who, like us, are interested in a system of care for “disconnected” young people. In 2023, we are also starting to work with an independent, unbiased, external evaluator. After evaluating our programming, he/she will offer recommendations on how to improve our impact. As part of our long-term plan, we are exploring the creation of a service program that can be deployed to impact the target population of at-risk young people, to zero in on their needs, and provide opportunities to scale our interventions through a Corps of supporters who can provide some extra support to vulnerable transition aged youth." 


Congressman Morgan McGarvey represents Kentucky’s Third Congressional District, including Louisville and Jefferson County. He serves on the House Veterans Affairs and House Small Business Committees.