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HUD Grants Nearly $84M to Combat Youth Homelessness

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it has awarded $83.7 million to develop systems to end youth homelessness in 17 local communities, including 6 rural communities. Funding was awarded through HUD’s Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) to support a wide range of housing programs including rapid rehousing, permanent supportive housing, transitional housing, and host homes.

“Placing young people experiencing homelessness into permanent housing can change the trajectory of their lives,” said Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. “With this funding, HUD is targeting federal resources to meet local needs and support community-driven efforts to end youth homelessness and improve outcomes through stable housing and services.”

The Department continues to work closely with youth to develop and improve YHDP, relying upon recommendations provided directly from young people who have experienced homelessness. Additionally, HUD partnered with youth with lived experience to assess the applications that were submitted for funding consideration. Their assessment helped HUD ensure that applicants understood the needs and preferences of the young people they will serve. The Department also worked closely with its federal partners to help develop the program and review applications, including the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Education, and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.

YHDP recipients will use their funding to address youth homelessness that is specifically tailored to their needs, including funding for housing units, wrap-around services, and housing support. YHDP will also support youth-focused performance measurement and coordinated entry systems. Over the next several months, selected communities will work with their youth advisory boards, child welfare agencies, and other community partners to create a comprehensive community plan to end youth homelessness. HUD has been conducting a formal evaluation of first 10 communities who received YHDP grants. Preliminary evaluation results found that YHDP grantees made significant progress in developing youth-informed programs and systems, resulting in positive perceptions among youth of both the implementation process and available programs. The following communities have been awarded funding:

FY 2021 Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) Selected Sites:

Community State Rural Total Award
Balance of State Washington WA Yes $5,290,560
Cuyahoga County OH No $3,977,869
Tulsa County OK No $5,380,192
Philadelphia PA No $8,779,924
Northeastern South Carolina SC Yes $3,159,750
Balance of State Colorado CO Yes $2,975,969
Lynn MA No $2,372,347
Orlando, Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties FL No $8,377,776
County of Santa Barbara CA No $5,167,564
Kent County MI No $2,477,852
Worcester County MA No $2,608,992
Sacramento CA No $6,509,295
Barnstable County MA No $1,357,556
Richmond VA No $4,478,877
Jackson/West Tennessee TN Yes $2,228,208
Balance of State Missouri MO Yes $6,857,269
Balance of State Georgia GA Yes $11,699,223

To read the full report, including more detail on HUD's recent funding and the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program, click here.

About Author: Demetria Lester

Demetria C. Lester is a reporter for DS News and MReport magazines with more than eight years of writing experience. She has served as content coordinator and copy editor for the Los Angeles Daily News and the Orange County Register, in addition to 11 other Southern California publications. A former editor-in-chief at Northlake College and staff writer at her alma mater, the University of Texas at Arlington, she has covered events such as the Byron Nelson and Pac-12 Conferences, progressing into her freelance work with the Dallas Wings and D Magazine. Currently located in Dallas, Texas, Lester is an avid jazz lover and likes to read. She can be reached at [email protected].

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