Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program


The Youth Homeless Demonstration Program covers includes three areas of funding: Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP): Congress appropriates these funds for communities to demonstrate how a comprehensive approach to serving homeless youth, age 24 and under can dramatically reduce youth homelessness, which HUD awards through a competitive process. HUD awarded YHDP funds to 33 communities in FY 2022 and anticipates awarding funds to 17 communities in FY 2023 and up to 25 communities in FY 2024. Youth Homeless System Improvement Grants: Congress appropriated $25 million in both FY 2023 and FY 2024 for grants to support communities in establishing and implementing a response system for youth homelessness, or for improving their existing system. These grants can go to current, future, or past YHDP communities as well as other eligible recipients. Technical Assistance (TA): HUD awards approximately $10 million in TA funds, through a competitive process, to firms that assist communities on improving system responses to youth homelessness, and collection, analysis, use, and reporting of data and performance measures under the comprehensive approaches to serve homeless youth.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Assistant Secretary For Community Planning and Development, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants; C - Direct Payments For Specified Use
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 HUD funded 10 communities, four of which are rural, that developed coordinated community plans to prevent and end youth homelessness. The strategy includes youth advisory boards comprised of young people with lived homelessness experience who are raising awareness, shaping policy, and making decisions on local plan development and implementation.
Fiscal Year 2022 HUD has funded 96 YHDP communities since 2017; together, these communities account for nearly 650 individual projects for assisting youth experiencing homelessness.
Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 (Public Law 116-6) Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 (Public Law 116-94) Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Public Law 116-260) Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022 (Public Law 117-103) Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 (Public Law 117-328)
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Organization that serve homeless unaccompanied youth (age 24 and younger) and homeless youth (age 24 and younger) with children.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Homeless unaccompanied youth (age 24 and younger) and homeless youth (age 24 and younger) with children.
Private nonprofit status is documented by submitting either (1) a copy of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) ruling providing tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code; or (2) documentation showing that the entity is a certified United Way agency, or (3) a certification from a licensed CPA that no part of the net earnings of the organization insures to the benefit of any member, founder, contributor, or individual; that the organization has a voluntary board; that the organization practices nondiscrimination in the provision of assistance and that the organization has a functioning accounting system. In addition, governmental entities and public housing agencies will certify to their eligibility. 2 CFR part 200 applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact assessment is required for this listing. Preapplication coordination is required.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. In accordance with criteria established in the NOFA, applicants must complete their application in a two-step process. The first step is the selection process; which chooses the 25 communities that are eligible to apply for projects under the program. The second step is application for project funding. Any proposed project under this program must be consistent with the applicable HUD-approved Consolidated Plan and must be permissible under applicable zoning ordinances and regulations.
Award Procedure
HUD will award project funds based on the following factors: HUD will rank community applications in order of responses to the rating factors outlined in section V.A.1 of this NOFO. If two or more communities receive the same score, HUD will rank the applications according to the score on Youth Collaboration Rating Factor. HUD will use a formula, to determine each selected community's maximum total funding in order to scale awards to estimated community need .
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Processing of applications and selection of successful applicants will take place at HUD. HUD Headquarters will make selection and obligate funds as soon as applications can be processed.
Applicants may appeal the results of HUD's review and selection process if they believe a HUD error has occurred. Appeals must be in writing to the Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development, must specify the error, and provide sufficient documentation.
Project renewals are allowed under the CoC program competition. See the subsequent CoC Competition Notice of Funding Availabilities for more information.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria for selecting applications for assistance are defined in a Notice of Funding Availability in the Federal Register and at
How may assistance be used?
Eleven types of assistance may be provided through the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program: (1) acquisition of real property (including structures) for use in the provision of housing or supportive services; (2) rehabilitation of structures to provide housing or supportive services; (3) new construction, including the building of a new structure or building an addition to an existing structure for use as supportive housing; (4) leasing of a new structure or structures, or portions thereof, to provide housing or supportive services; (5) rental assistance, which may be short-term, medium-term, or long-term, as well as tenant-based, project-based, or sponsor-based, for transitional or permanent housing; (6) supportive services to assist program participants obtain and maintain housing; (7) operating costs of supportive housing; (8) costs of implementing and operating HMIS; (9) program administrative costs; (10) relocation costs; and (11) indirect costs in accordance with 2 CFR Part 200, as applicable.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. The financial management systems used by governmental entities that are recipients under this program must provide for audits in accordance with 24 CFR 45 as applicable. Private nonprofit entity recipients and their subrecipients provide audits in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-133. HUD may perform further and additional audits as it finds necessary or appropriate.
Each recipient must agree to participate in an evaluation of the program, and to keep any records and make any reports that HUD may require for the purpose of reporting to Congress on the cost of the program and the social, financial, and other advantages of Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program activities as a means of assisting homeless persons and those at-risk of becoming homeless.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. 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.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Initial grants are two-year grants. All YHDP funds must be obligated by September 30, 2024. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Letter.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Designated contact person in the HUD Field Offices with a Community Planning and Development Division.
Headquarters Office
Soni Nili
Special Needs Assistance Programs, 451 7th Street, SW. Room 7256
Washington, DC 20410 USA
Phone: 202-402-2973
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 22$155,396,908.00; FY 23 est $105,170,000.00; FY 24 est $107,820,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
For each community selected under this competition, HUD will make a minimum of $1 million available for total YHDP funding. This total funding may be split among any number of projects in the community.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
24 CFR Part 578, Continuum of Care Program, is published in the Federal Register
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2022 Rapid Rehousing, Permanent Supportive Housing, Transitional Housing, Housing Navigation, and planning. All projects funded by YHDP must be used to serve youth under age 25 who are experiencing homelessness


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