HUD Awards UWCFC $3M to End Youth Homelessness

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HUD AWARDS MORE THAN $3 MILLION TO HELP END YOUTH HOMELESSNESS IN CONNECTICUT

Grants to support innovative housing programs in 23 communities nationally

BOSTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is awarding United Way of Coastal Fairfield County a $3,013,674 grant to end youth homelessness.  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.  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 complete list of grantees.

“We are excited that this funding combined with the $6.6 million Youth Homeless Demonstration Program funding awarded to Connecticut in 2017, will mean a comprehensive approach to ending youth homelessness across the entire state,” said David Tille, HUD New England Regional Administrator. “We look forward to standing shoulder to shoulder with our Connecticut 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.”

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. 

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.

HUD is awarding grants to the following communities:

 

State

Recipient

City

Amount

Alaska

Alaska Housing Finance Corporation

Anchorage

$1,654,023

Arizona

City of Tucson

Tucson

$4,558,069

Connecticut

United Way of Coastal Fairfield County

Bridgeport

$3,013,674

District of Columbia

The Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness

Washington

$4,280,833

Florida

Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners

West Palm Beach

$4,932,359

Hawaii

Aloha United Way, Inc.

Honolulu

$3,804,756

Iowa

City of Des Moines

Des Moines

$1,865,045

Illinois

Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County

Hillside

$6,078,027

Indiana

City of Indianapolis

Indianapolis

$3,881,278

Massachusetts

City of Springfield

Springfield

$2,426,044

 

Community Action Pioneer Valley

Greenfield

$1,958,837

Maryland

Prince George's County

Largo

$3,482,936

 

City of Baltimore - Mayor's Office of Human Services

Baltimore

$3,699,336

Maine

Maine State Housing Authority

Augusta

$3,354,677

Mississippi

Open Doors Homeless Coalition

Gulfport

$2,054,747

Montana

Montana Continuum of Care Coalition

Bozeman

$3,427,682

New York

Homeless Alliance of Western New York

Buffalo

$3,592,570

Ohio

State of Ohio

Columbus

$1,473,162

Oregon

Clackamas County Health, Housing & Human Services

Oregon City

$1,776,632

Pennsylvania

Allegheny County

Pittsburgh

$3,496,254

Texas

South Alamo Regional Alliance for the Homeless

San Antonio

$6,881,802

 

Heart of Texas Homeless Coalition

Waco

$2,225,894

Wyoming

Wyoming Homeless Collaborative

Laramie

$1,081,363

   

TOTAL

$75,000,000

 

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