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Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and Tribes for Programs that Prevent and Eliminate Youth Homelessness

Youth Homeless Demonstration Program (YHDP)


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Funding Source
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Community Planning and Development
CFDA Number: 14.276
Funding or PIN Number: FR-6700-N-35
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Important Dates
Deadline: 06/27/23 11:59 PM EST Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and tribes for programs to prevent and eliminate youth and young adult homelessness. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for objectives including but not limited to building national momentum, promoting equity, and supporting youth leadership.

The goal of the Youth Homeless Demonstration Program (YHDP) is to support selected communities in the development and implementation of a coordinated community approach to preventing and ending youth homelessness. This community planning approach supports the foundations outlined in All In and will guide communities in designing solutions that match the needs in their community and sharing that experience with and mobilizing communities around the country toward the same end. The population to be served by this demonstration program is youth experiencing homelessness, aged 24 and under, including unaccompanied youth and pregnant or parenting youth who are experiencing homelessness. The demonstration has seven primary objectives: 

  • Prevent and End Youth Homelessness. Provide funding, regulatory flexibility, and technical assistance to help communities develop housing and services for youth experiencing homelessness and make youth homelessness rare and, if it occurs, brief and non-recurring. 
  • Build national momentum. Motivate state and local homelessness stakeholders and youth services providers, including Runaway and Homeless Youth providers across the country to prevent and end youth homelessness by forming new partnerships, addressing system barriers, conducting needs assessments, testing promising strategies, and evaluating their outcomes; 
  • Promote equity in the delivery and outcomes of homeless assistance. Recipients should promote equity throughout the community’s youth homeless response system for youth who are disproportionally more likely to experience homelessness, such as Black, Indigenous, Hispanic (non-white), and LGBTQ+ youth. Awarded communities will promote equity throughout their youth homeless response system and all YHDP projects will measure and demonstrate equitable delivery and outcomes. This includes identifying barriers that led to any disparities in subpopulations being served and taking steps to eliminate these barriers in the community’s youth homeless response system.
  • Highlight the importance of youth leadership: Demonstrate effective models of strong leadership and agency by youth with lived experience in the community. Create replicable best practices of youth leadership for other communities. 
  • Evaluate the coordinated community approach. Evaluate coordinated community approaches to preventing and ending youth homelessness, including local and state partnerships across sectors and other coordinated operational planning; 
  • Expand capacity. Expand community capacity to serve youth experiencing homelessness (particularly by using a Housing First approach), pilot new models of assistance, and determine what array of interventions is necessary to serve the target population in their community; 
  • Evaluate performance measures. Evaluate the use of performance measurement strategies designed to better measure youth outcomes and the connection between youth program outcomes and youth performance measures on overall system performance for the Continuum of Care (CoC); and 
  • Establish a framework for Federal program and Technical Assistance (TA) provider collaboration. Determine the most effective way for Federal resources to interact within a state or local system to support a coordinated community approach to preventing and ending youth homelessness.
Separate from this NOFO, technical assistance will be available to selected communities to assist them in analyzing community strengths and needs, developing a coordinated community plan (CCP), implementing the plan, and then engaging in a process of continuous quality improvement.

For program-specific requirements, see:


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
- Indian Tribes and tribally designated housing entities as defined in Section 4 of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (25 U.S.C. 4103)
- Nonprofits, as demonstrated by criteria at 24 CFR 5.109(l)(1) through 24 CFR 5.109(l)(5).

Community Selection application: Available to Collaborative Applicants designated by CoCs registered through the most recent CoC Program Registration process. The Collaborative Applicant can apply for any community located within its CoC’s geographic area. The Collaborative Applicant can also apply for multiple communities located within its CoC’s geographic area; however, HUD will not select more than one community within a CoC's geographic area.

Project application: Project Applicants that are designated during the application process by the Collaborative Applicant or its designee are eligible to apply for grant funds. The Collaborative Applicant may apply for projects under this Demonstration as well. The Collaborative Applicants that are not Unified Funding Agencies (UFAs) may also designate an eligible applicant to be the recipient of the planning grant. UFAs must apply for and be recipient of all grants for their community. For-profit entities are not eligible to apply for grants or to be subrecipients of grant funds.

For a dedicated HMIS grant, the project application must either be from the UFA (when there is a UFA for the community) or the HMIS Lead (when there is no UFA for the community) that will be the grant recipient. To be considered for funding, Project Applicants must provide completed information required by HUD, outlined in Appendix A of this NOFO

Eligible Program Participants.
Funds awarded under the YHDP must only be used to serve:
a. Youth, as defined in I.A.4, who initially qualify as homeless under paragraph (1) or (2) of the homeless definition in 24 CFR 578.3 or section 103(b) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, or;
b. Youth who initially qualify to be served as stated in I.C.5 of Appendix A.

For information about threshold eligibility requirements, see:

Individuals, foreign entities, and sole proprietorship organizations are not eligible to compete for, or receive, awards made under this announcement.

Pre-Application Information
The application deadline is 11:59:59 PM Eastern time on June 27, 2023

HUD strongly recommends you submit your applications at least 48 hours before the deadline and during regular business hours to allow enough time to correct errors or overcome other problems.

System for Award Management (SAM) and Unique Entity Identifier (UEI)
1. SAM Registration Requirement You must register with submitting their application. You must maintain current information in SAM on immediate and highest-level owner and subsidiaries, as well as on all predecessors that have been awarded a federal contract or grant within the last three years, if applicable. Information in SAM must be current for all times during which you have an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by HUD.
2. UEI Requirement As of April 4, 2022, entities doing business with the federal government must use the UEI created in Also, you must provide a valid UEI, registered and active at in the application. For more information, see: information-kit/unique-entity-identifier-update.
3. Requirement to Register with Anyone planning to submit applications on behalf of an organization must register at and be approved by the E-Biz POC in SAM to submit applications for the organization. Registration for SAM and is a multi-step process and can take four (4) weeks or longer to complete if data issues arise. Applicants without a valid registration cannot apply through Complete registration instructions and guidance are provided on

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Minimum Award Amount: $600,000 Per Project Period
Maximum Award Amount: $15,000,000 Per Project Period

Term of Contract
Estimated Project Start Date: 10/03/2024
Estimated Project End Date: 10/05/2026
Length of Project Periods: 24-month project period and budget period

Contact Information
Agency Contact: Questions regarding specific program requirements for this NOFO should be directed to Caroline Crouse, Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Please note that HUD staff cannot assist applicants in preparing their applications.

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