This week, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $83.7 million through the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) to 17 communities, including six in rural areas.
Over the next several months, the selected communities will work with their youth advisory boards, child welfare agencies, and other community partners to create a comprehensive community plan to end youth homelessness . The funding can be used for a wide range of housing programs, including rapid rehousing, permanent supportive housing, transitional housing, and host homes.
YHDP relies on recommendations (including on which communities to select) provided directly from young people who have experienced homelessness. Applications were also reviewed by the departments of Health and Human Services and Education as well as the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.
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