Youth Homelessness

This page compiles information on a range of initiatives and programs that can assist youth service providers to help prevent and end youth homelessness. The page includes policy guidance, best practices, publications, tools, and links to other agencies and organizations.

Additionally, this page provides an explanation of how HUD programs currently serve homeless youth and how HUD works together with other agencies to combat this problem. To read an overview about youth homelessness and learn more about HUD’s policy priorities, view the following information:


Resources for Homeless Youth Service Providers

This page provides guidance documents from HUD on defining youth homelessness and identifies agencies and organizations with whom HUD partners to assist homeless youth service providers.

YHDP Community Resources

As selected YHDP Communities are creating and implementing their Coordinated Community Plans, there are many lessons learned and resources developed that are helpful to all communities as they work on preventing and ending homelessness among youth.

Rapid Re-housing Models for Homeless Youth

These rapid re-housing (RRH) program profiles demonstrate successful approaches for assisting transition age youth to obtain and retain permanent housing.

Housing and Education Cross-Systems Collaboration

This page provides resources and case studies about effective strategies for cross-systems collaboration among housing and service providers for the homeless and the education system.

Resources for Counting Youth Experiencing Homelessness

HUD has published new resources to assist communities to better count youth experiencing homelessness. While the tools are optional, they are designed to provide unique insights from communities and experts across the country about how to better plan and conduct a count of youth experiencing homelessness, in the context of Point-in-Time (PIT) counts.

Initiatives and Programs

Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP)

This program is designed to reduce the number of youth experiencing homelessness.

Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth (P3)

P3 offers local, state, and Tribal governments flexibility to innovate to improve the outcomes of some of the nation’s most disadvantaged youth.

LGBTQ Youth Homelessness Prevention Initiative

The LGBTQ Youth Homelessness Prevention Initiative helps identify successful strategies to ensure that no young person is left without a home because of their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.