YHDP Project Competition

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) introduced the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) to support communities in the development and implementation of a coordinated community approach to preventing and ending youth homelessness.  In 2019, Baltimore City was one of 23 communities nationwide selected in the third round and awarded $3,699,336 to implement a local plan. The population to be served by this demonstration program is unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness, including unaccompanied pregnant or parenting youth, where no member of the household is older than 24. Communities must create a coordinated community plan that assesses the needs of youth at-risk of and experiencing homelessness in the community and addresses how it will use the money from the YHDP grant, along with other funding sources, to address these needs.

Through this community planning process, the Baltimore City Coordinated Community Plan was developed to provide a guide for our community’s efforts to prevent and end youth and young adult (YYA) homelessness. The YHDP Team worked closely with community stakeholders, the Youth Action Board (YAB), and the YHDP Planning Committee to develop projects which address the unique needs of YYA in our community. Projects will target identified gaps in our community’s homelessness response system and incorporate YYA involvement at every stage. Implementation of these projects will support the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness’ (USICH) four core outcomes and Criteria and Benchmarks for Achieving the Goal of Ending Youth Homelessness as outlined in the Baltimore City Coordinated Community Plan.

Currently there are four YHDP projects that have been implemented in Baltimore City that include Permanent Supportive Housing, Rapid Re-housing, Family-Based Setting Diversion, and Transitional Housing.

 The current grant opportunity outlined in the Request for Proposals is specific to a Diversion and Kinship program for youth and young adults. The project selected will be required to coordinate with the current YHDP projects and the full Baltimore Continuum of Care as part of project implementation and operation.

Requests for Proposals & Application

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All questions can be submitted to HSPApplications@baltimorecity.gov