Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program

NOFO Highlights HUD will select up to 50 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 50 selected communities must be rural communities.



I.A.1] Only CoC Collaborative Applicants may apply to this NOFO [Section III.A] Applications are submitted through, and are due by July 27, 2021 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 [V.A] The rating and ranking criteria included in this NOFO will be used to competitively select the communities [Section V.A] The selection of the selected communities will be announced in September 2021 Selected Communities will:
Develop and implement a CCP to prevent and end youth homelessness [Section III.F.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 approximately $145 million [Section II.C] Requests for 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 or exception of CoC Program or McKinney-Vento Act requirements [Appendix A ] 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.D] Receive technical assistance to advise the development and implementation of the CCP [Section 1. A.1] Participate in an evaluation that will inform the federal strategy for preventing and ending youth homelessness [Section I.A and VI.C.] NOFO Priority The purpose of the YHDP is to implement projects that demonstrate how a comprehensive approach to serving homeless youth age 24 and under can dramatically reduce youth homelessness.

The population to be served by this demonstration program is youth experiencing homelessness, including unaccompanied and pregnant or parenting youth.

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 and incorporate those understandings into the YHDP CCP and awarded projects.

This will require CoCs to use innovative practices to design better projects and strong comprehensive plans to prevent and end youth homelessness.
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Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program

Department of Housing and Urban Development


Office: Department of Housing and Urban Development

Estimated Funding: $145,000,000

Who's Eligible

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(25) Other - Nonprofits, as demonstrated by criteria at 24 CFR 5.109(l)(1) through 24 CFR 5.109(l)(5).

Community Selection application: Available to Collaborative Applicants designated by CoCs registered through the FY 2020 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; however, HUD will not select more than one community within a CoC's geographic area.

Project application: Project Applicants that are designated during the application process by the Collaborative Applicant or its designee are eligible to apply for 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.

UFAs must apply for and be recipient of all grants for their Community.

For-profit entities are not eligible to apply for grants or to be subrecipients of grant funds.

For a dedicated HMIS grant, the application must either be from the UFA (when there is a UFA for the community) or the HMIS Lead (when there is no UFA for the community) that will be the grant recipient.

To be considered for funding, Project Applicants must complete the information required by HUD, receive the approval of the YAB for their project(s) through a letter of support, and receive the approval of the CoC to apply for funding, as signed off on by the Collaborative Applicant or its designee.

This NOFO 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.

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 Section IV.C for information on SAM and the DUNS number requirement.

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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