HUD – Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (2018)

Applications Due: May 15, 2019, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time

HUD will select up to 25 communities to participate in the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) to develop and execute a coordinated community approach to preventing and ending youth homelessness. 8 of the 25 selected communities will be rural communities.

The purpose of the YHDP is to learn how communities can successfully approach the goal of preventing and ending youth homelessness by building comprehensive systems of care for young people rather than implementing individual or unconnected projects that serve this population. In order to effectively implement a system that addresses the needs of youth experiencing homelessness, Continuums of Care (CoCs) must understand the subgroups of unaccompanied youth – including pregnant and parenting, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ), and minor age youth – experiencing homelessness and the unique challenges they face within their communities.

Additionally, CoCs must ensure that the appropriate type of housing assistance and level of services that are effective in providing safe and stable housing are available within the community and must reach out and partner with a comprehensive set of traditional and non-traditional youth homelessness stakeholders that provide youth with resources and services, advocate for them, and set policy on their behalf.

Finally, CoCs must incorporate the experiences of homeless or formerly homeless unaccompanied youth – which is vital to understanding the needs, strengths, and perspectives of the youth in the community – and incorporate those understandings into the YHDP coordinated community plan and awarded projects. All of this will require CoCs to use innovative practices to design better projects and strong comprehensive plans to prevent and end youth homelessness.

The rating and ranking criteria included in this NOFA will be used to competitively select the communities. The selection of the selected communities will be announced in the Summer of 2019.

Selected Communities will Develop and implement a Coordinated Community Plan to prevent and end youth homelessness. Requests for funding will be for a 2-year grant term that will be eligible for renewal under the CoC Program, as long as the project meets statutory CoC Program requirements. Grantees will receive a dedicated team of technical assistance providers to advise the development and implementation of the Coordinated Community Plan and participate in an evaluation that will inform the federal strategy for preventing and ending youth homelessness.

Funding Title: Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program
Agency Name: Department of Housing and Urban Development
Funding Opportunity Number: FR-6200-N-35
Funding Instrument Type: Grant

Express Language for Legal Aid: YES!
On page 31 of 43 in the announcement model “legal support” is listed in in a table listing appropriate forms of intervention.

Expected Number of Awards: 25
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No
Estimated Total Program Funding: $75,000,000
Award Ceiling: $15,000,000
Award Floor: $1,000,000

How to Apply: Only CoC Collaborative Applicants may apply to this NOFA. Applications are submitted through, and are due by May 15, 2019. Communities represented by the CoC Collaborative Applicant must include a youth action board, the local or state public child welfare agency, and a broad array of other partners
Current Closing Date for Applications: by May 15, 2019, 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time

Eligible Applicants:
County governments
State governments
City or township governments
Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Special district governments
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education

Applicant Organization Specifications:
Community Selection application: This grant is Available to Collaborative Applicants designated by CoCs registered through the FY 2018 CoC Program Registration process. The Collaborative Applicant can apply for any community located within its CoC’s geographic area. The Collaborative Applicant can also apply for multiple communities located within its CoC’s geographic area.

Project application: Project applicants that are designated during the application process by the Collaborative Applicant are eligible to apply for grant funds as well as be subrecipients of grant funds. The Collaborative Applicant may apply for projects under this Demonstration as well.

The Collaborative Applicants that are not Unified Funding Agencies (UFAs) may also designate an eligible applicant to be the recipient of the planning grant. For-profit entities are not eligible to apply for grants or to be subrecipients of grant funds.To be considered for funding, project applicants must complete the information required by HUD, and receive the approval of the CoC to apply for funding, as signed off on by the Collaborative Applicant or its designee.

This application is for community selection only. Applications for funding individual projects will occur after communities have been selected. Requirements for applying for projects are detailed in Appendix A.HUD does not award grants to individuals.
For-profit entities, Indian Tribes, Indian Housing Authorities, and tribally Designated Housing Entities are ineligible applicants. HUD will not evaluate applications from ineligible applicants.

Link to Full Announcement: View the Opportunity here. Click here to download the Notice of Funding Opportunity.

Contact Information: For technical assistance with submitting an application, contact the Customer Support Hotline at 800–518–4726, 606–545–5035, at, or at The Support Hotline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except on federal holidays.

Questions regarding specific program requirements for this NOFA should be directed to the point of contact listed below.
Caroline Crouse
(202) 402-4595
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.

Categories: Children, Express Language for Legal Aid, Family, Government Organizations, Homeless, Housing, Housing and Urban Development, LGBT, Non-profit Organizations

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