Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) 

The goal of the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) is to support selected communities 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. The demonstration has six primary objectives: 

  • Build national momentum. Motivate state and local homelessness stakeholders and youth services providers, including Runaway and Homeless Youth providers 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; 
  • Promote equity in the delivery and outcomes of homeless assistance. Promote equity throughout the community's youth homeless response system for Black, Indigenous, Hispanic (non-white), and LGBTQ youth who are disproportionally more likely to experience homelessness than their white, straight, and gender conforming counterparts. Awarded communities will promote equity throughout their youth homeless response system and all YHDP projects will measure and demonstrate equitable delivery and 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. 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); and 
  • Establish a framework for Federal program and 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. 

To meet these objectives, HUD will award approximately $145,000,000 in YHDP under this NOFO, including funding appropriated for fiscal year (FY) 2019 on February 15, 2019 through the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 (Public Law 116-6) ("FY 2019 Appropriations Act"), and funding appropriated for FY 2020 on December 20, 2019 through the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 (Public Law 116-94) ("FY 2020 Appropriations Act"). The FY 2019 Appropriations Act and FY 2020 Appropriations Act appropriated this funding to HUD "to implement projects to demonstrate how a comprehensive approach to serving homeless youth, age 24 and under ... can dramatically reduce youth homelessness.” 

Preference Points: This NOFO does not offer points for either Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Designation, Promises Zones, or Opportunity Zones 

Program Office: Office of Community Planning and Development 

Funding Opportunity Title: Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program  

Assistance Listing Number (CFDA): 14.276 

FAIN: FR-6400-N-35 

OMB Approval Numbers: 2506-0210 

Opening Date: 05/24/2021 

Deadline Date: 07/27/2021 

Agency Contact:  Questions regarding specific program requirements for this NOFO should be directed to Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Please note that HUD staff cannot assist applicants in preparing their applications.

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