I am a homeless assistance provider. My nonprofit organization is interested in running projects dedicated to youth experiencing homelessness. Are we eligible to apply for YHDP in response to this NOFA?
Date Published: March 2019
It is important to remember that the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) NOFA application process is designed to identify the communities that HUD will select to participate in YHDP. It is not designed to identify and assess specific projects for funding. The project application process will occur after HUD has announced the selected communities.
Only a Continuum of Care’s (CoC) Collaborative Applicant is eligible to apply on behalf of a community to participate in the YHDP NOFA application process. HUD established this threshold criterion to integrate the YHDP process with the CoC’s processes, and to allow communities to renew YHDP projects through the CoC Program upon completion of the demonstration. Under the CoC Program, the Collaborative Applicant is ultimately responsible for the submission of CoC grant applications to HUD.
Homeless assistance providers that are not Collaborative Applicants should support the Collaborative Applicant in the development of the YHDP NOFA application, and can participate in YHDP as applicants for project funding if their community is selected to participate. Any eligible entity as defined in Appendix A of the NOFA that is a stakeholder in a selected community may apply for project funding once the community selections have been announced. It is important to note that the project application must be supported by the Collaborative Applicant, the local Youth Action Board, and the other YHDP partners, and must be identified in the Coordinated Community Plan.