Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program Grants

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Subject: Youth Welfare, Youth Homelessness, Disadvantaged Youth
Deadline: Nov. 30, 2016

"HUD will select up to 10 communities to participate in the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) to develop and execute a coordinated community approach to preventing and ending youth homelessness. The purpose of the YHDP is to learn how communities can successfully approach the goal of preventing and ending youth homelessness by building comprehensive systems of care for young people rather than implementing individual or unconnected projects that serve this population. In order to effectively implement a system that addresses the needs of youth experiencing homelessness, Continuums of Care (CoCs) must understand the subgroups of unaccompanied youth; including pregnant and parenting, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ), and minor age youth experiencing homelessness and the unique challenges they face within their communities.

Additionally, CoCs must ensure that the appropriate type of housing assistance and level of services that are effective in providing safe and stable housing are available within the community and must reach out and partner with a comprehensive set of traditional and non-traditional youth homelessness stakeholders that provide youth with resources and services, advocate for them, and set policy on their behalf. Finally, CoCs must incorporate the experiences of homeless or formerly homeless unaccompanied youth; which is vital to understanding the needs, strengths, and perspectives of the youth in the community; and incorporate those understandings into the YHDP coordinated community plan and awarded projects. All of this will require CoCs to use innovative practices to design better projects and strong comprehensive plans to prevent and end youth homelessness."

Funder: The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Eligibility: Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS (other than institutions of higher education), city or township governments, county governments, state governments.
Amount: $1,000,000 - $15,000,000
Contact: Link.