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HUD No. 19-131
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Thursday
August 29, 2019

HUD AWARDS $75 MILLION TO HELP END YOUTH HOMELESSNESS
Nearly double the funding to support innovative youth housing programs in 23 communities
 

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is awarding $75 million to end youth homelessness in 23 local communities across the country, including eight rural areas. HUD’s Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) will help these communities to build local systems and will support a wide range of housing programs including rapid rehousing, permanent supportive housing, transitional housing, and host homes. This year’s funding level is significantly higher than the $43 million awarded last year.

“Homelessness is no way to start out in life for young people reaching adulthood,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “Today we make another critical investment in the futures of our youth, sparing them a life on the streets or in our shelters and placing them on a path to self-sufficiency.”

“The solutions to youth homelessness that are being built and tested through HUD’s YHDP program represent community collaboration at its best,” said Matthew Doherty, Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness. “We are confident that these communities, and their Youth Action Boards, will help lead us along the path to end youth homelessness in our country.”

Taisacan Hall HUD developed YHDP with youth in mind, relying upon the recommendations provided directly from young people who had experienced homelessness. To ensure that the program meets the needs of young people, HUD incorporated many of the same young people who provided recommendations on the program’s design in the application review process. Their assessment helped HUD ensure that grant applicants understood the needs and preferences of the young people they will serve. See how HUD helps homeless youth by watching our #HumansOfHUD profile of Taisacan Hall.

HUD also worked closely with its federal partners to help develop the program and review applications, including the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Education (ED), and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH).

Recipients will use this funding to support a variety of housing options for young people under the age of 25 and who are experiencing homelessness. YHDP will also support youth-focused performance measurement and coordinated entry systems to quickly connect young people with other services and systems of care.

Over the next several months, the communities selected for these grants will work with their ‘youth action boards,’ child welfare agencies, and other community partners to create a comprehensive community plan to end youth homelessness. They will also participate in a program evaluation to inform the federal effort to prevent and end youth homelessness going forward and will serve as leaders in the nation on the work to end homelessness among young people.

HUD is awarding grants to the following communities:

State Recipient City Amount
Alaska Alaska Housing Finance Corporation Anchorage $1,654,023
Arizona City of Tucson Tucson $4,558,069
Connecticut United Way of Coastal Fairfield County Bridgeport $3,013,674
District of Columbia The Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness Washington $4,280,833
Florida Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners West Palm Beach $4,932,359
Hawaii Aloha United Way, Inc. Honolulu $3,804,756
Iowa City of Des Moines Des Moines $1,865,045
Illinois Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County Hillside $6,078,027
Indiana City of Indianapolis Indianapolis $3,881,278
Massachusetts City of Springfield Springfield $2,426,044
  Community Action Pioneer Valley Greenfield $1,958,837
Maryland Prince George's County Largo $3,482,936
  City of Baltimore - Mayor's Office of Human Services Baltimore $3,699,336
Maine Maine State Housing Authority Augusta $3,354,677
Mississippi Open Doors Homeless Coalition Gulfport $2,054,747
Montana Montana Continuum of Care Coalition Bozeman $3,427,682
New York Homeless Alliance of Western New York Buffalo $3,592,570
Ohio State of Ohio Columbus $1,473,162
Oregon Clackamas County Health, Housing & Human Services Oregon City $1,776,632
Pennsylvania Allegheny County Pittsburgh $3,496,254
Texas South Alamo Regional Alliance for the Homeless San Antonio $6,881,802
  Heart of Texas Homeless Coalition Waco $2,225,894
Wyoming Wyoming Homeless Collaborative Laramie $1,081,363
    TOTAL $75,000,000


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