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DHS Guidance for Faith-Based and Other Neighborhood Organizations

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), along with eight other federal agencies, published a final regulation providing religious liberty protections for beneficiaries of federally funded social service programs, while also detailing protections for the ability of religious providers to compete for government funds on the same basis as any other eligible organization.

The final regulation provides clear guidance to the organizations that participate in our social service programs, and specifies protections for beneficiaries of DHS social services programs including the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' Citizenship and Integration Program Grant, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Emergency Food and Shelter Program, FEMA Crisis Counseling, and FEMA Disaster Case Management.

In supplement to the regulation, DHS provides the following guidance and resources to assist faith-based and other neighborhood organizations that receive financial assistance to support social service programs, as well as intermediaries (such as state administering agencies), in understanding and complying with the regulation:

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Last Published Date: May 30, 2018

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