U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program
The Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) will support up to 25 communities, at least eight of which will be rural, in the development and implementation of a coordinated community approach to preventing and ending youth homelessness, and sharing that experience with and mobilizing communities around the country toward the same end. The population to be served by this demonstration program is youth experiencing homelessness, including unaccompanied and pregnant or parenting youth, where no member of the household is older than 24. The demonstration has five primary objectives:
- Build national momentum. Motivate state and local homelessness stakeholders across the country to prevent and end youth homelessness by forming new partnerships, addressing system barriers, conducting needs assessments, testing promising strategies, and evaluating their outcomes.
- Evaluate the coordinated community approach. Evaluate coordinated community approaches to preventing and ending youth homelessness, including local and state partnerships across sectors and other planning operations.
- Expand capacity. Demonstration communities will expand their capacity to serve homeless youth, pilot new models of assistance, and determine what array of interventions is necessary to serve the target population in their community.
- Evaluate performance measures. Evaluate the use of performance measurement strategies designed 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).
- Establish a framework for federal program and Technical Assistance (TA) collaboration. Determine the most effective way for federal resources to interact within a state or local system to support a coordinated community approach to preventing and ending youth homelessness.
Amount: Approximately $75,000,000 is available to make up to 25 awards ranging from $1,000,000-$15,000,000. Project periods will be 24 months, with two 12-month budget periods.
Eligibility: City or township governments; State governments; nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education; county governments; and special district governments.
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