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Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP)

Grants to USA Nonprofits and 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

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07/27/21 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time Receipt


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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 prior to applying. Funding is intended to establish a successful framework for federal funding, assess performance measures, build capacity, evaluate the community approaches to the issues of homelessness, promote equity in the delivery and outcomes of homeless assistance, and build national momentum in the effort to end youth homelessness.

The goal of the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) is to support selected communities 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. The demonstration has six primary objectives: 

  • Build national momentum. Motivate state and local homelessness stakeholders and youth services providers, including Runaway and Homeless Youth providers 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; 
  • Promote equity in the delivery and outcomes of homeless assistance. Promote equity throughout the community's youth homeless response system for Black, Indigenous, Hispanic (non-white), and LGBTQ youth who are disproportionally more likely to experience homelessness than their white, straight, and gender conforming counterparts. Awarded communities will promote equity throughout their youth homeless response system and all YHDP projects will measure and demonstrate equitable delivery and outcomes. 
  • Evaluate the coordinated community approach. Evaluate coordinated community approaches to preventing and ending youth homelessness, including local and state partnerships across sectors and other planning operations; 
  • Expand capacity. Expand community capacity to serve youth experiencing homelessness (particularly by using a Housing First approach), 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); and 
  • 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. 

Technical assistance will be available to selected communities to assist them in analyzing community strengths and needs, developing a coordinated community plan (CCP), implementing the plan, and then engaging in a process of continuous quality improvement.

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GrantWatch ID#: 185605

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Number of Grants:

HUD expects to make approximately 50 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 project period. This total funding may be split among any number of projects in the community.

Term of Contract:

Estimated project start date is October 1, 2021. Estimated project end date is July 1, 2024.

Project applicants within selected communities may apply for project grants designed to implemented immediately following approval and up until July 1, 2022 or until the community ceases to participate or the available funds have been depleted (whichever is earlier).

Public Law No: 116-94 and Public Law No: 116-260) requires HUD to obligate YHDP funds by September 30, 2022.

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.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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. Forprofit entities are not eligible to apply for grants or to be subrecipients of grant funds.

This NOFO application is for community selection only. Applications for funding individual projects will occur after communities have been selected.

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 NOFO was published but before the deadline for submissions, that approved replacement Collaborative Applicant is the eligible applicant for this NOFO.

Definition of 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.
- Pregnant or Parenting Youth - Individuals heads of households 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.
- Transition Age Youth - Persons between age 18 and 24

For information about threshold eligibility requirements, see:

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is 11:59 PM Eastern Standard time on July 27, 2021.

Applications must be received no later than the deadline, or, if HUD has issued you a waiver allowing you to submit your application in paper form, by HUD no later than the deadline. Submit your application to unless a waiver has been issued allowing you to submit your application in paper form.

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, communities will have a total of 6 months to submit a coordinated community plan. Communities that need additional time to form their youth action board or develop community capacity to begin the coordinated community planning phase may request up to a 3-month extension of this deadline by sending an email.

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 mailed, shipped, or emailed request at least 15 calendar 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 NOFO. To request a waiver, contact Caroline Crouse.

This NOFO requires a Project Applicant to leverage resources through cost sharing or matching as described in the regulation at 24 CFR 578.73, except as otherwise provided in Appendix A, which can be found under the Related Documents tab on the page below..

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.

Anyone planning to submit applications on behalf of an organization must register at and be approved by the E-Biz POC in SAM to submit applications for the organization.

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Contact Information:

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

To request a waiver, contact:

Caroline Crouse

451 7th Street SW
Washington, DC 20410

Applicants must email corrections of curable deficiencies to: provides customer support information on its website at Applicants having difficulty accessing the application and instructions or having technical problems can receive customer support from by calling (800) 518-GRANTS (this is a toll-free number) or by sending an email to

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