Eleven communities across the nation were awarded a total of $43 million to help end youth homelessness.
The funding was announced Friday by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Five rural areas were among the 11 communities to receive funding through HUD’s Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP).
It supports a wide range of housing interventions including rapid rehousing, permanent supportive housing, transitional housing and host homes.
“Young people who are victims of abuse, family conflict, or aging out of foster care are especially vulnerable to homelessness,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “We’re working with our local partners to support innovative new approaches to help young people find stable housing, break the cycle of homelessness and lead them on a path to self-sufficiency.”
Young people who experienced homelessness made recommendations for the program to help define the needs of those who will be served by the program. HUD also worked closely with its federal partners to develop the program and review applications.
The 11 communities will collaborate with a youth action board and child welfare agencies. The communities have four months to develop a plan to prevent and end youth homelessness.
The funding will be used for rapid rehousing, permanent supportive housing, and transitional housing, and to fund innovative programs, such as host homes.
Cities in the South selected for program funding were Nashville, Tenn., $3.5 million; and Louisville, Ky., $3.4 million.
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