Donor Name: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
State: All States
County: All Counties
Type of Grant: Grant
Size of the Grant: $100,000 to $500,000
Grant Duration: 3 Years
Through this NOFO, HUD is awarding Youth Homelessness System Improvement (YHSI) grants to support selected communities in either improving existing or establishing and implementing a response system for youth homelessness. The grants will focus on systemic change to either improve or create response systems for youth homelessness by funding projects that create and build capacity for Youth Action Boards; collect and use data on at-risk youth and youth experiencing homelessness; develop strong leaders within a community; and improve the coordination, communication, operation, and administration of homeless assistance projects to better serve youth, including prevention and diversion strategies. Communities may either establish or improve existing response systems for youth homelessness through the following objectives:
- Improve the capacity of youth in the community: Developing peer support models, including training, project design, and implementation; creating Youth Action Board training, including government rules, leadership, and other skills; community training and outreach on how to work with youth and integrate youth leadership in an authentic way.
- Establish partnerships: Bringing together system partners who also work with youth who are living in unstable housing. This could include partnerships with Tribes and cultural organizations in the community, K-12 schools, higher education, juvenile justice, child welfare, employment services, etc.
- Improve the centralized or coordinated assessment system also known as the Coordinated Entry Systems (CES).
- Improve data collection and use between systems that work with youth at-risk of and experiencing homelessness.
- Assess, address, and improve equity in youth homeless response systems.
Goals and Objectives from HUD’s Strategic Plan
- Strategic Goal 1: Support Underserved Communities Fortify support for underserved communities and support equitable community development for all people.
- 1A: Advance Housing Justice Fortify support for vulnerable populations, underserved communities, and Fair Housing enforcement.
- 1B: Reduce Homelessness Strengthen Federal, State, Tribal, and community implementation of the Housing First approach to reducing the prevalence of homelessness, with the ultimate goal of ending homelessness.
- 1C: Invest in the Success of Communities Promote equitable community development that generates wealth-building for underserved communities, particularly for communities of color.
- Strategic Goal 2: Ensure Access to and Increase the Production of Affordable Housing Ensure housing demand is matched by adequate production of new homes and equitable access to housing opportunities for all people.
- 2A: Increase the Supply of Housing Enhance HUD’s programs that increase the production and supply of housing across the country.
- 2B: Improve Rental Assistance Improve rental assistance to address the need for affordable housing.
- Strategic Goal 3: Promote Homeownership Promote homeownership opportunities, equitable access to credit for purchase and improvements, and wealth-building in underserved communities.
- 3A: Advance Sustainable Homeownership Advance the deployment of tools and capital that put sustainable homeownership within reach.
- Major Initiative: Expand Homeownership Opportunities Promote financing for innovative ownership models to increase the availability of affordable housing.
- 3B: Create a More Accessible and Inclusive Housing Finance System Advance new policy, programs, and modernization initiatives that support a more equitable housing finance system. Promote the preservation and creation of affordable housing stock.
- Strategic Goal 4: Advance Sustainable Communities Advance sustainable communities by strengthening climate resilience and energy efficiency, promoting environmental justice, and recognizing housing’s role as essential to health.
- 4A: Guide Investment in Climate Resilience Invest in climate resilience, energy efficiency, and renewable energy across HUD programs.
- 4B: Strengthen Environmental Justice Reduce exposure to health risks, environmental hazards, and substandard housing, especially for low-income households and communities of color. 15.
- 4C: Integrate Health and Housing Advance policies that recognize housing’s role as essential to health.
- Funding of approximately $50,000,000 is available through this NOFO.
These limits are based on the eligible activity categories outlined in Section IV.F, Funding Restrictions, and are as follows:
- Planning and Partnerships: The maximum a community may request in this category of activities is $400,000.
- Data: The maximum a community may request in this category of activities is $300,000.
- Coordinated Entry: The maximum a community may request in this category of activities is $200,000.
- Racial and Gender Equity: The maximum a community may request in this category of activities is $200,000.
- Estimated Project Start Date: 06/01/2024
- Estimated Project End Date: 12/01/2026
- State governments
- County governments
- City or township governments
- Special district governments
- Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized
- Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
- Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments))
For more information, visit Grants.gov.