September 20, 2023

HUD: $60 Million Awarded to Address Youth Homelessness in 16 Communities

Federal funding fuels housing solutions for vulnerable youth.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded today $60.3 million to build systems to end youth homelessness in 16 communities across the country, including four rural communities. The 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.

“Every young person in our country deserves a safe place to call home. Connecting homeless youth with appropriate, targeted housing and services will make an enormous difference in their lives,” Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. “These federal funds will support efforts in communities across the county to provide vulnerable young people with the secure, stable, and supportive housing they urgently need.”

The Department continues to work closely with youth to develop and improve YHDP, relying upon recommendations provided directly by young people who have experienced homelessness. Once again, HUD partnered with youth with lived experience to assess the applications 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.

“HUD takes a youth-centric approach in our efforts to end youth homelessness,” said Deputy Secretary Adrianne Todman. “The Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program provides communities the opportunity to address the unique needs of youth and young adults and designs specific projects that meet their needs. 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.”

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. The goal of the YHDP is to support selected communities in the development and implementation of a coordinated community approach to preventing and ending youth homelessness. This community planning approach supports the foundations outlined in All In and will guide communities in designing solutions that match the needs of their community with special attention on creating equitable strategies to assist youth who are most vulnerable, including BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and differently abled youth. All YHDP communities are required to establish Youth Action Boards, in which young people with lived experience lead the community effort to design, implement, and improve programs and policies to end youth homelessness in their communities. Including these awards, to date HUD has awarded YHDP funding to 110 communities, representing a $440 million investment to prevent and end youth homelessness.

Today, HUD is announcing funding awards to the following communities:

StateRecipientRuralCoC NumberAward Amount
CACounty of RiversideNoCA-608$7,487,462
COMetro Denver Homeless InitiativeNoCO-503$2,580,526
FLMiami-Dade CountyNoFL-600$8,472,367
FLTampa Hillsborough Homeless InitiativeNoFL-501$4,644,758
MILansing Housing CommissionNoMI-508$1,955,191
MIMichigan State Housing Development AuthorityYesMI-500$4,582,739
MOHomeless Services Coalition of Greater Kansas CityNoMO-604$2,397,772
NHHarbor HomesNoNH-502$1,251,192
NMNew Mexico Coalition to End HomelessnessYesNM-501$2,316,575
OHCity of AkronNoOH-506$1,456,221
OHOhio Department of DevelopmentYesOH-507$5,196,300
ORCentral Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC)YesOR-503$953,950
TNCity of KnoxvilleNoTN-502$1,823,342
TXHousing ForwardNoTX-600$9,392,854
UTSalt Lake County GovernmentNoUT-500$2,768,061
WICity of MilwaukeeNoWI-501$3,021,467
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