Can selected communities use awarded funds to support existing youth homelessness projects?
Date Published: March 2019
No. Selected communities may only request funding for entirely new projects and are prohibited from requesting funds to support a preexisting project even if the new funds would expand the number of youth the existing project could serve. Selected communities may request funding for new projects according to the project types outlined in Section II.C.3 of Appendix A and are encouraged to apply for innovative project models according to the needs of local youth experiencing homelessness, even when those project models would require a waiver of regulations found within the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Interim Rule. Because this is a demonstration program, HUD has broader discretion to fund activities outside of the normal CoC Program activities, though project applicants will need to demonstrate the need for using funds in a manner not currently supported under the CoC Program Interim Rule in their project application. See Appendix A for more information regarding waiver requests under the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP).