HUD recently released
the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program
Notice of Funding Availability – due April 17th. This program is the youth-specific Continuum of Care and funds will likely roll up to the annual CoC funding for our community (when we're awarded - nothing wrong with being optimistic - is there?).
This announcement is HUD’s 2nd notice released for this program. The first one was in late 2016. We applied but unfortunately did not receive funding. However, we scored well in all categories except funding. This time around we’re on the hunt for funds to support our planning. If you’d like to contribute, let us know!
With the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness looking to prevent and end youth homelessness by 2020, we’re planning ahead to make this happen.
HUD's goal of the Youth Homelessness Demonstration program is to support up to 11 communities, at least 5 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 funding will serve youth experiencing homelessness, including unaccompanied and pregnant or parenting youth, where no member of the household is older than 24.
The five primary objectives are:
- Build national momentum
- Evaluate the coordinated community approach
- Expand capacity
- Evaluate performance measures
- Establish a framework for federal program and technical assistance collaboration
HUD expects to make approximately 11 awards (total of $43 million appropriated).
- Minimum of $1 million per community
- Maximum of $15 million per community
HUD will determine funding by proportionate weighting of the size of a community’s total youth population and youth poverty rate. What does that mean for Northeast Florida? Advanced math and somewhere between $1.5 to $3 million (we're estimating).
So you know...
The Youth Action Council (youth members) is meeting on February 15th, and we are planning our next partners meeting the week of March 12th. Official invite coming soon.