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Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP)

Grants to USA Nonprofits and State and Local Government Agencies
for Programs That Prevent and Eliminate Youth Homelessness

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) - Community Planning and Development

Deadline Date:

05/15/19 11:59 PM Eastern Time


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and state and local government agencies in rural and urban areas for programs to prevent and eliminate youth homelessness. Applicants must complete required registrations before applying. Funding is intended to establish a successful framework for federal funding, to assess performance measures, to build capacity, evaluate the community approaches to the issues of homelessness, and to build national momentum in the effort to end youth homelessness.

The goal of the YHDP is to support up to 25 communities, at least 8 of which will be rural, in the development and implementation of a coordinated community approach to preventing and ending youth homelessness and sharing that experience with and mobilizing communities around the country toward the same end. The population to be served by this demonstration program is youth experiencing homelessness, including unaccompanied and pregnant or parenting youth, where no member of the household is older than 24.

The program has five primary objectives:
- Build national momentum: Motivate state and local homelessness stakeholders across the country to prevent and end youth homelessness by forming new partnerships, addressing system barriers, conducting needs assessments, testing promising strategies, and evaluating their outcomes;
- Evaluate the coordinated community approach to preventing and ending youth homelessness, including local and state partnerships across sectors and other planning operations;
- Expand capacity: Demonstration communities will expand their capacity to serve homeless youth, pilot new models of assistance, and determine what array of interventions is necessary to serve the target population in their community.
- Evaluate performance measures: Evaluate the use of performance measurement strategies designed to better measure youth outcomes and the connection between youth program outcomes and youth performance measures on overall system performance for the Continuum of Care (CoC);
- Establish a framework for federal program and TA collaboration. Determine the most effective way for federal resources to interact within a state or local system to support a coordinated community approach to preventing and ending youth homelessness.

For the structural components of an eligible coordinated community plan, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185605

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

HUD expects to make approximately 25 awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

For each community selected under this competition, HUD will make a minimum of $1 million available for total YHDP funding. The maximum award amount is $15,000,000 per budget period. This total funding may be split among any number of projects in the community.

Term of Contract:

Estimated project start date is August 15, 2019. Estimated project end date is August 14, 2021.

Project applicants within selected communities may apply for project grants designed to be implemented immediately following the community selection announcement and up until September 1, 2020 or until the community ceases to participate or the available funds have been depleted (whichever is earlier).

Obligated funds remain available for expenditure until September 30, 2025, except that HUD may establish an earlier expenditure deadline through a grant agreement.

All grants for projects will be for an initial 2-year grant term, except for CoC planning projects which will be for a 1-year grant term and are non-renewable.


  • Agency of the county or other local government
  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- State governments
- County governments
- City or township governments
- Special district governments
- Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education

The Collaborative Applicant must be the "Applicant" for each community applying for participation in the demonstration. In cases where the CoC needed to change the Collaborative Applicant and that change was approved after this NOFA was published but before the deadline for submissions, that approved replacement Collaborative Applicant is the eligible applicant for this NOFA.

Youth - Persons aged 24 and younger (has not reached their 25th birthday).
- Unaccompanied Youth - persons who are age 24 or younger, who are not part of a family with children, and who are not accompanied by their parent or guardian during their episode of homelessness. This also includes two or more youth age 24 or younger who are presenting together as a family without children.
- Pregnant or Parenting Youth - Individuals who are age 24 or younger who are pregnant or who are the parents or legal guardians of one or more children who are present with or sleeping in the same place as that youth parent, and where there is no person over age 24 in the household.
- Transition Age Youth- persons between age 18 and 24

HUD does not award grants to individuals. For-profit entities, Indian Tribes, Indian Housing Authorities, and tribally Designated Housing Entities are ineligible applicants.

For information about eligibility requirements, see:

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on May 15, 2019. HUD strongly recommends applications be submitted at least 48 hours before the deadline and during regular business hours to allow enough time to correct errors or overcome other problems.

Once HUD announces the selected communities, the selected communities will have 4 months to submit a coordinated community plan, and up to 4 additional months to address comments from HUD. Communities must submit a final draft of their plan to HUD by eight months after the announcement date.

If you cannot submit your application electronically, you must ask in writing for a waiver of the electronic grant submission requirements. HUD will not grant a waiver if HUD does not receive your written request at least 15 days before the application deadline and if you do not demonstrate good cause. If HUD waives the requirement, HUD must receive your paper application before the deadline of this NOFA. To request a waiver contact Caroline Crouse.

As required in the Code of Federal Regulations, 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.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Send email waiver requests to:
Caroline Crouse

Applicants must email corrections of curable deficiencies to:

Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs
451 7th Street SW
Washington, DC 20410

CFDA Number:

CFDA No.: 14.276

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