US Department of Housing and Urban Development: Youth Homeless Demonstration Program
The goal of the Youth Homeless Demonstration Program (YHDP) is to support selected communities in the development and implementation of a coordinated community approach to preventing and ending youth homelessness. The population to be served by this demonstration program is youth experiencing homelessness, aged 24 and under, including unaccompanied youth and pregnant or parenting youth who are experiencing homelessness.
The demonstration has seven primary objectives:
* Prevent and End Youth Homelessness. Provide funding, regulatory flexibility, and technical assistance to help communities develop housing and services for youth experiencing homelessness and make youth homelessness rare and, if it occurs, brief and non-recurring.
* Build national momentum. Motivate state and local homelessness stakeholders and youth services providers to prevent and end youth homelessness by forming new partnerships, addressing system barriers, conducting needs assessments, testing promising strategies, and evaluating their outcomes.
* Promote equity in the delivery and outcomes of homeless assistance. Recipients should promote equity throughout the community’s youth homeless response system for youth who are disproportionally more likely to experience homelessness, such as Black, Indigenous, Hispanic (non-white), and LGBTQ+ youth.
* Highlight the importance of youth leadership: Demonstrate effective models of strong leadership and agency by youth with lived experience in the community. Create replicable best practices of youth leadership for other communities.
* Evaluate the coordinated community approach. Evaluate coordinated community approaches to preventing and ending youth homelessness, including local and state partnerships across sectors and other coordinated operational planning.
* Expand capacity. Expand community capacity to serve youth experiencing homelessness (particularly by using a Housing First approach), 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) provider 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.
Awards will be made to 25 communities, with a priority for communities with substantial rural populations in up to eight locations.
HUD, and to the extent possible, its Federal partners, will work to accelerate HUD and the public’s learning related to youth experiencing homelessness and the concepts of:
* Housing First;
* Assessment and prioritization;
* Coordinated entry;
* Risk and protective factors for youth homelessness;
* Diversion from child welfare and systems of justice;
* Success in education and employment;
* Serving survivors of violence, including trafficking;
* Promoting equity and cultural sensitivity;
* Serving LGBTQ+ youth, youth under the age of 18, and pregnant and parenting youth;
* Improving performance on system performance measures
Once HUD announces awardees, these communities will have a total of 6 months to submit a coordinated community plan.
Applications are expected to be aligned to the applicable strategic goals and objectives below:
* Support Underserved Communities—Fortify support for underserved communities and support equitable community development for all people.
* Advance Housing Justice—Fortify support for vulnerable populations, underserved communities, and Fair Housing enforcement.
* Reduce Homelessness—Strengthen Federal, State, Tribal, and community implementation of the Housing First approach to reducing the prevalence of homelessness, with the ultimate goal of ending homelessness.
* Invest in the Success of Communities—Promote equitable community development that generates wealth-building for underserved communities, particularly for communities of color.
Amount: $60,000,000 is available to make an estimated 25 awards ranging from $600,000 – $15,000,000 for an initial 2-year grant term.
Match of 25% is required. See solicitation for details.
Eligibility: State governments; County governments; City or township governments; Special district governments; Indian Tribes and tribally designated housing entities; Nonprofits, as demonstrated by criteria at 24 CFR 5.109(l)(1) through 24 CFR 5.109(l)(5).
A Collaborative Applicant can apply on behalf of more than one community; however, HUD will not select more than one community within a CoC’s geographic area.
HUD will consider applications from Collaborative Applicants applying for a geographic area
that was not included in previous Youth Homeless Demonstration Program competitions. Any area that was included in previous YHDP awards may not be included in the application for such areas.
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