On May 24, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced it would make $145 million in competitive grants available for county and other local governments to address youth homelessness through its Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP). HUD will issue up to 50 awards ranging between $1 million and $15 million. The application, which closes July 27, can be accessed here.
YHDP aims to reduce the rate of youth homelessness by helping targeted communities develop and implement a community-wide approach to tackle the issue. Grants will be issued for specific innovative programs to meet the needs of youth experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
Selected grantees, which will be announced in September, will receive an amount based on the community’s youth population and rate of poverty. The grants are restricted to Continuum of Care Collaborative applicants, and at least eight of the communities selected must be rural communities. The grant application page details eligibility requirements further.
According to Part 1 of HUD’s 2020 Annual Homeless Assessment Report, more than 170,000 people in families with children experienced homelessness on a given night in 2020, and youth homelessness decreased by about 2.2 percent. These data, though, do not account for the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has increased housing insecurity. According to U.S. Census data from May, nearly 1 in 5 renters with children reported being behind on rent. These grants will help selected local governments address youth homelessness in their communities.
NACo will continue to follow federal policy related to housing and homelessness assistance and foreclosure and eviction moratoriums. Additionally NACo has also created an Emergency Rental Assistance Resource Hub with the latest information on the federal rental assistance program and a COVID-19 Recovery Clearinghouse where counties can request and find specific information regarding funding, policies and more.
- NACo Emergency Rental Assistance Resource Hub
- NACo Affordable Housing Toolkit
- HUD awards nearly $5 billion in grants to help homeless