In 2019, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $75 million to 23 U.S. communities, including eight rural areas for ending youth homelessness. Montana CoC is one of the recipients of this grant.
Communities participating in the Youth Homeless Demonstration Program (YHDP) will build systems to support programs including rapid rehousing, permanent supportive housing, transitional housing, and host homes.
Incorporating feedback and input provided directly by young people who have experienced homelessness, the YHDP is designed to make sure that applicants are informed about the needs of the young people served.
With this funding, communities will support a variety of housing options for people who are under 25 and experiencing homelessness. Measurement of youth-focused performance coordinated entry systems to connected young people with services.
Selected communities will work with youth action boards, child welfare agencies, and other partners to create comprehensive plans and will serve as national leaders in the work to end youth homelessness.