Baltimore, Maryland's Homeless Youth Project: $3.8 Million Federal Award, With 2,336 Unaccompanied Homeless Youth, State Includes Housing Youth As Part Of 6 Statewide Goals

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representatives Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today announced more than $3,699,000 in federal funding for the City of Baltimore Mayor’s Office of Human Services through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program. These federal funds will support a comprehensive planning process to develop the best strategies to meet the needs of homeless youth in Baltimore City.   https://www.cardin.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/baltimore-congressional-delegation-announces-nearly-37-million-to-address-youth-homelessness   “Every young person in Baltimore and around the nation deserves a safe place to call home. Connecting homeless youth with the services that they need will make an enormous difference in the course of their lives,” said the Members. “We will continue to support innovative partnerships that develop positive solutions for Baltimore.”  “I’d like to thank our federal partners for providing access to these critical funds,” said Baltimore City Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young. “This grant will allow the City of Baltimore to develop a data driven plan focused on the needs of unaccompanied youth and to initiate programs to better serve those in need of housing and supportive services.”  HUD Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program funds may be used for permanent housing, transitional housing, supportive services, Homeless Management Information Systems, or homelessness prevention. Grantees may include nonprofit providers, States, and local governments working to quickly re-house homeless and unaccompanied youth. Funding is authorized under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11381-11389, Title IV, Subtitle C, as amended.)

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representatives Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today announced more than $3,699,000 in federal funding for the City of Baltimore Mayor’s Office of Human Services through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program. These federal funds will support a comprehensive planning process to develop the best strategies to meet the needs of homeless youth in Baltimore City.

https://www.cardin.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/baltimore-congressional-delegation-announces-nearly-37-million-to-address-youth-homelessness

“Every young person in Baltimore and around the nation deserves a safe place to call home. Connecting homeless youth with the services that they need will make an enormous difference in the course of their lives,” said the Members. “We will continue to support innovative partnerships that develop positive solutions for Baltimore.”

“I’d like to thank our federal partners for providing access to these critical funds,” said Baltimore City Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young. “This grant will allow the City of Baltimore to develop a data driven plan focused on the needs of unaccompanied youth and to initiate programs to better serve those in need of housing and supportive services.”

HUD Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program funds may be used for permanent housing, transitional housing, supportive services, Homeless Management Information Systems, or homelessness prevention. Grantees may include nonprofit providers, States, and local governments working to quickly re-house homeless and unaccompanied youth. Funding is authorized under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11381-11389, Title IV, Subtitle C, as amended.)

Chicago's Homeless Youth Project: $6 Million Federal Award, Demonstrated Ability To House 111 Youth In 100 Days, More Work To Be Done As 49% Of Homeless Youth Experienced Foster Care

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $6,078,027 to the  Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County  to end youth homelessness. The award is part of HUD’s  Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP)  and will be used to develop and implement a coordinated community plan to prevent and end youth homelessness in suburban Cook County.   http://www.suburbancook.org/YHDP   We are excited to bring together community stakeholders, including young adults who have experienced homelessness, youth service providers, housing providers, the education system, juvenile justice system, and the child welfare system to make our vision of ending youth homelessness a reality.  Over the next several months, we will create a comprehensive community plan informed by authentic youth engagement, system collaboration, and our successes implementing innovative strategies during the  100 Day Challenge to End Youth Homelessness.   During the 100 Day Challenge, our community set two ambitious goals, 1) improve identification of young people experiencing homelessness through increased outreach and partnerships with three school districts, and 2) connect 75 young people with safe and stable housing. Through identifying new strategies and areas of collaboration, our 100 Day Challenge team far exceeded our goals! In just 100 days, we:  Housed  111  young people!  Assessed the vulnerability of  95%  of youth in our system  Connected with  30  school districts to provide education about resources and utilizing  HB261, the Homeless Student's Bill   While we celebrate our successes, we acknowledge the enormity of the current state of youth homelessness in our community. According to the 2019 Point in Time Count, the Alliance conservatively estimates that on any given night  117  young adults and their children are homeless across suburban Cook County. During the past school year, suburban Cook County school districts identified  304  unaccompanied homeless youth under 18.  Increased system collaboration is vital to ending homelessness -  49 percent  of young adults experiencing homelessness have been in foster care, incarcerated, or both. In addition to interaction with these systems, youth identify the following themes as the source of their homelessness:  family homelessness, chronic parent/child conflict, running away, and parental struggles .  “We know what works, and frankly, we know what isn’t working. Through YHDP, we propose to add youth system navigators to make systems work better together, to increase interim and long-term housing supports to get young people out of homelessness quickly, and to develop youth-specific access points to homeless housing and services. YHDP will allow suburban Cook County to research and test innovative practices to cut short the experience of homelessness for young people in our communities.”   - Jennifer Hill, Executive Director of Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County   As part of the YHDP application process, our community  created a system map  that represents our vision for preventing and ending youth homelessness based on the strengths of our current system and our goals for the future.  At the core of our work is authentic youth engagement and collaboration with our Youth Action Board. The Youth Action Board is a youth-led committee made up of young people who are currently experiencing homelessness. Our comprehensive community plan to prevent and end youth homelessness will be rooted in the lived experiences of our Youth Action Board members and their wisdom surrounding best practices and strategies to identify young people experiencing homelessness, connect them with resources, and ultimately, provide safe and stable housing.  "Working with the Alliance and taking part in something so amazing and beneficial makes me believe every and any effort made counts. We appreciate that people are starting to realize that this is a real issue and this is a huge step to prevent homelessness and help the youth of this generation."   - Taj, Co-Chair of Alliance Youth Action Board   Thank you to our partners!  Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County | Aunt Martha's Health & Wellness | BEDS Plus | Catholic Charities | Chapin Hall | Chicago Community Trust | Connections for the Homeless | Cook County Department of Planning | Cook County Juvenile Probation and Court Services | Cornerstone CDC | Evanston Community Foundation | Heartland Alliance | Housing Authority of Cook County | Housing Forward | Journeys The Road Home | Kenneth Young Center | Moran Center for Youth Advocacy | North Cook ISC | Northwest Compass | Shelter, Inc. | State Representative Michelle Mussman | South Cook ISC | The Harbour | Thresholds | Waterton | West Cook ISC | Workforce Investment Board | Youth Action Board | Youth Crossroads, Inc. | Youth Jobs Center of Evanston | Youth & Opportunity United | Youth Outreach Services  Please join us and support our work to end homelessness!  Sign up to receive updates from the Alliance on our  website .   For questions, please contact  Katie Spoden, Advocacy and Development Coordinator  katie@suburbancook.org  708-240-9533

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $6,078,027 to the Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County to end youth homelessness. The award is part of HUD’s Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) and will be used to develop and implement a coordinated community plan to prevent and end youth homelessness in suburban Cook County.

http://www.suburbancook.org/YHDP

We are excited to bring together community stakeholders, including young adults who have experienced homelessness, youth service providers, housing providers, the education system, juvenile justice system, and the child welfare system to make our vision of ending youth homelessness a reality.

Over the next several months, we will create a comprehensive community plan informed by authentic youth engagement, system collaboration, and our successes implementing innovative strategies during the 100 Day Challenge to End Youth Homelessness.

During the 100 Day Challenge, our community set two ambitious goals, 1) improve identification of young people experiencing homelessness through increased outreach and partnerships with three school districts, and 2) connect 75 young people with safe and stable housing. Through identifying new strategies and areas of collaboration, our 100 Day Challenge team far exceeded our goals! In just 100 days, we:

Housed 111 young people!

Assessed the vulnerability of 95% of youth in our system

Connected with 30 school districts to provide education about resources and utilizing HB261, the Homeless Student's Bill

While we celebrate our successes, we acknowledge the enormity of the current state of youth homelessness in our community. According to the 2019 Point in Time Count, the Alliance conservatively estimates that on any given night 117 young adults and their children are homeless across suburban Cook County. During the past school year, suburban Cook County school districts identified 304 unaccompanied homeless youth under 18.

Increased system collaboration is vital to ending homelessness - 49 percent of young adults experiencing homelessness have been in foster care, incarcerated, or both. In addition to interaction with these systems, youth identify the following themes as the source of their homelessness: family homelessness, chronic parent/child conflict, running away, and parental struggles.

“We know what works, and frankly, we know what isn’t working. Through YHDP, we propose to add youth system navigators to make systems work better together, to increase interim and long-term housing supports to get young people out of homelessness quickly, and to develop youth-specific access points to homeless housing and services. YHDP will allow suburban Cook County to research and test innovative practices to cut short the experience of homelessness for young people in our communities.”

- Jennifer Hill, Executive Director of Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County

As part of the YHDP application process, our community created a system map that represents our vision for preventing and ending youth homelessness based on the strengths of our current system and our goals for the future.

At the core of our work is authentic youth engagement and collaboration with our Youth Action Board. The Youth Action Board is a youth-led committee made up of young people who are currently experiencing homelessness. Our comprehensive community plan to prevent and end youth homelessness will be rooted in the lived experiences of our Youth Action Board members and their wisdom surrounding best practices and strategies to identify young people experiencing homelessness, connect them with resources, and ultimately, provide safe and stable housing.

"Working with the Alliance and taking part in something so amazing and beneficial makes me believe every and any effort made counts. We appreciate that people are starting to realize that this is a real issue and this is a huge step to prevent homelessness and help the youth of this generation."

- Taj, Co-Chair of Alliance Youth Action Board

Thank you to our partners!

Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County | Aunt Martha's Health & Wellness | BEDS Plus | Catholic Charities | Chapin Hall | Chicago Community Trust | Connections for the Homeless | Cook County Department of Planning | Cook County Juvenile Probation and Court Services | Cornerstone CDC | Evanston Community Foundation | Heartland Alliance | Housing Authority of Cook County | Housing Forward | Journeys The Road Home | Kenneth Young Center | Moran Center for Youth Advocacy | North Cook ISC | Northwest Compass | Shelter, Inc. | State Representative Michelle Mussman | South Cook ISC | The Harbour | Thresholds | Waterton | West Cook ISC | Workforce Investment Board | Youth Action Board | Youth Crossroads, Inc. | Youth Jobs Center of Evanston | Youth & Opportunity United | Youth Outreach Services

Please join us and support our work to end homelessness!

Sign up to receive updates from the Alliance on our website.

For questions, please contact
Katie Spoden, Advocacy and Development Coordinator
katie@suburbancook.org
708-240-9533

Des Moines (Iowa) City's Homeless Youth Project: $1.8 Million Federal Award, 66 Homeless Youth Reported, 3 Shared Platforms - Community Collaboration, Housing First & Racial Equity

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the City of Des Moines and its community partners with a $1,865,045 grant on Thursday, August 29 as part of the national Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP).   https://www.dsm.city/news_detail_T2_R107.php   The City of Des Moines applied for the grant on behalf of the Polk County Continuum of Care, which is serving as the lead YHDP agency for Greater Des Moines. The Mid-Iowa Health Foundation and the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines joined the City of Des Moines in providing letters of financial support for the YHDP application. The Iowa Homeless Youth Center and the Iowa Department of Human Services also signed an agreement to support the work with the YHDP in the Des Moines area.  The national program supports local communities in the development and implementation of a coordinated community approach to preventing and ending youth homelessness. The Des Moines community will use this funding to support a variety of housing options for people under the age of 24 who are experiencing homelessness.  “Thank you to our partners at the federal level and the Congressional Delegation for their continued commitment to address homelessness in our community,” said Mayor Frank Cownie. “We greatly appreciate the support to better enable us to assist those who need our help.”  Over the next several months, the communities selected for YHDP grants will work with their local Youth Action Board, child welfare agencies, and other community partners to create a comprehensive community plan. In Polk County, the YHDP will be incorporated into the December 2017 Plan to End Youth Homelessness, facilitated by the Polk County Continuum of Care.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the City of Des Moines and its community partners with a $1,865,045 grant on Thursday, August 29 as part of the national Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP).

https://www.dsm.city/news_detail_T2_R107.php

The City of Des Moines applied for the grant on behalf of the Polk County Continuum of Care, which is serving as the lead YHDP agency for Greater Des Moines. The Mid-Iowa Health Foundation and the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines joined the City of Des Moines in providing letters of financial support for the YHDP application. The Iowa Homeless Youth Center and the Iowa Department of Human Services also signed an agreement to support the work with the YHDP in the Des Moines area.

The national program supports local communities in the development and implementation of a coordinated community approach to preventing and ending youth homelessness. The Des Moines community will use this funding to support a variety of housing options for people under the age of 24 who are experiencing homelessness.

“Thank you to our partners at the federal level and the Congressional Delegation for their continued commitment to address homelessness in our community,” said Mayor Frank Cownie. “We greatly appreciate the support to better enable us to assist those who need our help.”

Over the next several months, the communities selected for YHDP grants will work with their local Youth Action Board, child welfare agencies, and other community partners to create a comprehensive community plan. In Polk County, the YHDP will be incorporated into the December 2017 Plan to End Youth Homelessness, facilitated by the Polk County Continuum of Care.

Western Massachusetts Homeless Youth Project: $4.3 Million Federal Award, More Than $10.7 Million Awarded Across New England In 4 Separate Grants, Projects Funded To Be Selected By Youth Action Board

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is awarding more than $4.3 million to end youth homelessness in the City of Springfield and Franklin County.   https://www.springfield-ma.gov/cos/index.php?id=news-story&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=14085&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=4516b38c73f21e01167bd56ad8ec899f   This funding is part of $75 million being awarded to end youth homelessness in 23 local communities, including eight rural areas, across the country. HUD’s   Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP)   will help these communities to build local systems and will support a wide range of housing programs including rapid rehousing, permanent supportive housing, transitional housing, and host homes. The City of Springfield is awarded a $2,424,0244 grant and Community Action Pioneer Valley is awarded $1,958,837. More than $10.7 million in Youth Homeless Demonstration Program grant funding is being awarded across New England in four separate grants.  See below for list of grantees.   “In being selected for this funding, Springfield and Community Action Pioneer Valley have demonstrated they have the key ingredients needed to successfully put in place a plan to end youth homelessness,” said  David Tille, HUD New England Regional Administrator.  “We look forward to standing shoulder to shoulder with our Western Massachusetts partners as we break the cycle of homelessness by creating innovative approaches to help young people find stable housing that will lead them on a path to self-sufficiency.”  “First of all, I would like to thank Congressman Neal, HUD Secretary Carson and HUD New England Regional Administrator Tille for this initiative,” said  Mayor Sarno.  “Though we have made positive strides in tackling homelessness in Springfield, there is more to be done and no youth should ever be left without the positive foundation of a home. This investment of not only a home, but just as importantly, in the human spirit, makes for a better Springfield…a better Massachusetts…a better America.”  HUD developed YHDP with youth in mind, relying upon the recommendations provided directly from young people who had experienced homelessness. To ensure that the program meets the needs of young people, HUD incorporated many of the same young people who provided recommendations on the program’s design in the application review process. Their assessment helped HUD ensure that grant applicants understood the needs and preferences of the young people they will serve. HUD also worked closely with its federal partners to help develop the program and review applications, including the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Education (DOE), and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH).  Recipients will use this funding to support a variety of housing options for young people under the age of 25 and who are experiencing homelessness. YHDP will also support youth-focused performance measurement and coordinated entry systems to quickly connect young people with other services and systems of care.  "The designation as a Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program Community will allow Community Action Pioneer Valley and the Three County Continuum of Care to amplify the voices of young people with lived experience to create a system that better responds to their needs and will be more effective in preventing and ending youth/young adult homelessness, " said  Lisa Goldsmith, Homeless Youth Services Manager, Community Action Pioneer Valley.   Over the next several months, the communities selected for these grants will work with their ‘youth action boards,’ child welfare agencies, and other community partners to create a comprehensive community plan to end youth homelessness. They will also participate in a program evaluation to inform the federal effort to prevent and end youth homelessness going forward and will serve as leaders in the nation on the work to end homelessness among young people.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is awarding more than $4.3 million to end youth homelessness in the City of Springfield and Franklin County.

https://www.springfield-ma.gov/cos/index.php?id=news-story&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=14085&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=4516b38c73f21e01167bd56ad8ec899f

This funding is part of $75 million being awarded to end youth homelessness in 23 local communities, including eight rural areas, across the country. HUD’s Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) will help these communities to build local systems and will support a wide range of housing programs including rapid rehousing, permanent supportive housing, transitional housing, and host homes. The City of Springfield is awarded a $2,424,0244 grant and Community Action Pioneer Valley is awarded $1,958,837. More than $10.7 million in Youth Homeless Demonstration Program grant funding is being awarded across New England in four separate grants. See below for list of grantees.

“In being selected for this funding, Springfield and Community Action Pioneer Valley have demonstrated they have the key ingredients needed to successfully put in place a plan to end youth homelessness,” said David Tille, HUD New England Regional Administrator. “We look forward to standing shoulder to shoulder with our Western Massachusetts partners as we break the cycle of homelessness by creating innovative approaches to help young people find stable housing that will lead them on a path to self-sufficiency.”

“First of all, I would like to thank Congressman Neal, HUD Secretary Carson and HUD New England Regional Administrator Tille for this initiative,” said Mayor Sarno. “Though we have made positive strides in tackling homelessness in Springfield, there is more to be done and no youth should ever be left without the positive foundation of a home. This investment of not only a home, but just as importantly, in the human spirit, makes for a better Springfield…a better Massachusetts…a better America.”

HUD developed YHDP with youth in mind, relying upon the recommendations provided directly from young people who had experienced homelessness. To ensure that the program meets the needs of young people, HUD incorporated many of the same young people who provided recommendations on the program’s design in the application review process. Their assessment helped HUD ensure that grant applicants understood the needs and preferences of the young people they will serve. HUD also worked closely with its federal partners to help develop the program and review applications, including the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Education (DOE), and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH).

Recipients will use this funding to support a variety of housing options for young people under the age of 25 and who are experiencing homelessness. YHDP will also support youth-focused performance measurement and coordinated entry systems to quickly connect young people with other services and systems of care.

"The designation as a Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program Community will allow Community Action Pioneer Valley and the Three County Continuum of Care to amplify the voices of young people with lived experience to create a system that better responds to their needs and will be more effective in preventing and ending youth/young adult homelessness, " said Lisa Goldsmith, Homeless Youth Services Manager, Community Action Pioneer Valley.

Over the next several months, the communities selected for these grants will work with their ‘youth action boards,’ child welfare agencies, and other community partners to create a comprehensive community plan to end youth homelessness. They will also participate in a program evaluation to inform the federal effort to prevent and end youth homelessness going forward and will serve as leaders in the nation on the work to end homelessness among young people.