The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is making $72 million in Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) funding available to up to 25 communities nationwide.
“HUD has a responsibility to communities in this nation, especially youth. Housing greatly impacts our education, our employment, and our opportunities to thrive,” said HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. “These grants underscore HUD’s commitment to eradicating homelessness, especially among young people, who all need and deserve a safe place to call home” (HUD Press Release)
YDHP is an initiative to support selected communities, including rural, suburban, and urban areas across the United States, in the development and implementation of a coordinated community approach to preventing and ending youth homelessness. According to the HUD Notice of Funding, eligible applicants for the grant include county governments, city or township governments, special district governments, state governments. 25 communities nationwide will be selected as recipients.
The National Association of Counties (NACo) provided analysis of the HUD announcement, including notable program goals:
- Motivate state and local homelessness stakeholders and youth services providers to form new partnerships and address system barriers
- Promote equity in the delivery and outcomes of homeless assistance
- Highlight the importance of youth leadership
- Expand capacity by primarily using a Housing First Approach that prioritizes rapid placement and stabilization in housing that does not have service participation requirements or preconditions
- Evaluate the coordinated community approach and evaluate performance measures. Design strategies to better measure youth outcomes and the connection between youth program outcomes and youth performance measures on overall system performance for the Continuum of Care (CoC); and
- Establish a federal framework to determine the most effective way to utilize federal resources
Counties can apply directly for the grant here. Applications will close on June 28, 2022.