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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

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.

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.

Initiatives and Programs

Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program - *New*

The Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) was published on August 22, 2016. HUD strongly encourages all communities to learn more about the program and consider applying.

Youth Count!

Youth Count! is an initiative to help develop strategies so that communities can better count and understand their homeless youth population.

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.