Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program

NOFA Highlights:
HUD will select up to 11 communities to participate in the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) to develop and execute a coordinated community approach to preventing and ending youth homelessness.

Five of the 11 selected communities will be rural communities.



I.A.1] Only CoC Collaborative Applicants may apply to this NOFA [Section III.A] Applications are submitted through, and are due by April 17, 2018 Communities represented by the CoC Collaborative Applicant must include a youth collaboration board, the local or state public child welfare agency, and a broad array of other partners [Sections III.C.1, III.C.

3. b, and V.A] The rating and ranking criteria included in this NOFA will be used to competitively select the communities [Section V.A] The selection of the 11 communities will be announced in the Summer of 2018 [Section V.C] Selected Communities will:
Develop and implement a Coordinated Community Plan to prevent and end youth homelessness [Section III.C.

3. b] Apply for project funding up to an amount between $1 million and $15 million per community, based on each community’s youth population size and poverty rate, for a total demonstration amount of up to $43 million [Section II.C] Request project funding on a rolling [Appendix A] Requests funding for all project types allowed under the CoC Program to support homeless and at risk youth, as well as innovative project types that may require a waiver of CoC Program or McKinney-Vento Act requirements [Appendix A and Appendix B] Request funding 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 [Section II.B] Receive a dedicated team of technical assistance providers to advise the development and implementation of the Coordinated Community Plan [Section II.C.

3. b] Participate in an evaluation that will inform the federal strategy for preventing and ending youth homelessness [Section I.A and VI.B.] NOFA Priority 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 homeless youth – including unaccompanied youth, 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.

Background In 2010, the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) presented Opening Doors:
The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness to the President and Congress, identifying youth as one of four special populations and articulating a goal of preventing and ending youth homelessness by 202 0. A coordinated community approach lies at the heart of the strategies advocated by Opening Doors[1].

By engaging in a system-wide crisis response, communities can better understand their system level needs and assets, plan for and allocate new and existing resources, prevent and quickly divert youth from homelessness, and identify, engage, and respond to the needs of youth experiencing homelessness.

These concepts are described in the 2012 release of the Framework to End Youth Homelessness [2], and Preventing and Ending Youth Homelessness:
A Coordinated Community Response by USICH in December of 2015[3].

The 2015 release included a “Preliminary Vision for a Community Response” and illustrates the general components believed necessary for each community to prevent and end youth homelessness.

Federal partner agencies with a stake in preventing and ending youth homelessness are working tirelessly together to build on that vision.

This work together with a commitment to developing and supporting a coordinated community approach, guides HUD’s effort to prevent and end youth homelessness, and serves as the cornerstone value for the YHDP.

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Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development

Office: Department of Housing and Urban Development

Estimated Funding: $43,000,000

Who's Eligible

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Additional Information of Eligibility:
Community Selection application: Available to Collaborative Applicants designated by CoCs registered through the FY 2017 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 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 NOFA application is for community selection only.

Project application 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 and Indian Housing Authorities are ineligible applicants.

HUD will not evaluate applications from ineligible applicants.

As required in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 2 CFR 25.200 and 24 CFR Part 5 Subpart K, all applicants for financial assistance must have an active Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number ( and have an active registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) ( before submitting an application.

Getting a DUNS number and completing SAM registration can take up to four weeks.

Therefore, applicants should start this process or check their status early.

See also Section IV.B for necessary form and content information.

Individuals, foreign entities, and sole proprietorship organizations are not eligible to compete for, or receive, awards made under this announcement.

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