Resources for Homeless Youth Service Providers

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

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Planning Your Coordinated Community Approach

Ending Youth Homelessness: A Guidebook Series

This series of three guidebooks are designed for CoC stakeholders and practitioners to use directly and to engage essential local partners in efforts to prevent and end youth homelessness. The guidebook topics include:

  • Overview Fact Sheet - what the guidebooks are, their purpose, and a brief overview of each guidebook.
  • System Planning - strategies for developing a youth homelessness system and leadership.
  • Mainstream System Collaboration - strategies for engaging mainstream sectors such as child welfare, education, workforce, justice, housing, health, early childhood education, community organizations and mainstream benefits.
  • Promising Program Models - promising strategies for youth-specific program models.

Coordinated Entry for Youth Brief

This brief provides an overview of the four Coordinated Entry core elements (Access, Assessment, Prioritization, and Referral) to Continuums of Care and youth housing and service providers.

Date Published: May 2017

Guide for Engaging Youth in Decision Making

This guide provides guidance on how to engage youth in the decision-making process and in the development of projects.

Date Published: May 2017

Using a Housing First Philosophy When Serving Youth

This brief provides an overview of the Housing First philosophy and how it applies to youth-serving projects.

Date Published: May 2017

Rapid Re-Housing for Youth Suite

This suite of tools and products on Rapid Re-Housing for Youth includes a Jump Start Tool, a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), and a Checklist. Coming soon will be a Toolkit.

  • Jump Start Tool: Rapid Re-Housing for Youth: This tool provides an overview of the key steps CoCs and providers can take to quickly develop Rapid Re-Housing projects for youth.
  • Rapid Re-Housing for Youth FAQs: This document answers commonly asked questions (FAQs) about Rapid Re-Housing for youth.
  • Rapid Re-Housing for Youth Checklist: This checklist will help CoCs and RRH project providers plan and implement RRH projects for youth.
  • Coming Soon: Rapid Re-Housing for Youth Toolkit: This toolkit provides community examples of the core components of RRH projects.

Date Published: May 2017

Ending Youth Homelessness: Flyer Announcing Additional Products

This marketing flyer announces the suite of products, current and upcoming, geared toward ending youth homelessness.

Date Published: May 2017

Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program

The Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) was published on August 22, 2016. This page contains YHDP-specific resources.

View the YHDP page for all YHDP NOFA related information.

YHDP FAQs

These Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) provide applicants with general information about YHDP.

Date Published: August 2016

YHDP Fact Sheet

This fact sheet provides a one page explanation of the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP). It is designed for both national and local stakeholders to use in presentations and meetings when they need to highlight the most important talking points related to the YHDP NOFA process and the demonstration as a whole.

Date Published: August 2016

YHDP Application Resources

The YHDP competition opened on August 22, 2016 and closed on November 30, 2016. This page includes resources to assist communities in their YHDP applications.

YHDP Listening Sessions

On March 17 and March 24, 2016, HUD invited members of the public to participate in discussions to inform the development of the upcoming Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program. Participants shared their experiences as part of their community's crisis response system, and how HUD might help strengthen their community's coordinated response to end youth homelessness.

Date Published: March 2016

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (Public Law 114-113)

The authority to launch YHDP comes from the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (Public Law 114-113), which appropriated $33 million to HUD "to implement projects to demonstrate how a comprehensive approach to serving homeless youth, age 24 and under, in up to 10 communities, including at least four rural communities, can dramatically reduce youth homelessness." The act also appropriated $5 million to HUD "to provide technical assistance on youth homelessness, and collection, analysis, and reporting of data and performance measures under the comprehensive approaches to serve homeless youth, in addition to and in coordination with other technical assistance funds provided under this title," and a further $2.5 million to HUD "for homeless youth program evaluations conducted in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services."

Date Published: December 2015

HUD Policy Messages

CoC Competition Focus: FY 2016 Policy Priority to End Youth Homelessness

In this message, HUD provides guidance on strategies to effectively end youth homelessness, one of the policy priorities for the FY 2016 CoC Program Competition.

Date Published: June 2016

SNAPS In Focus: Youth Homelessness

This SNAPS In Focus message discusses HUD's work with federal partners to improve the federal response to youth homelessness.

Date Published: October 2014

Defining Youth Homelessness

HUD has produced several documents that may be useful for current youth homeless service providers and those interested in serving youth. Choose from the documents below to get started.

Determining Homeless Status of Youth

This guide uses hypothetical scenarios to help providers understand how youth meet HUD’s definition of homelessness and what documentation is needed to establish homeless status for youth.

Date Published: October 2015

HUD's Homeless Definition as it Relates to Children and Youth

To assist providers and stakeholders that serve homeless youth and have questions about eligibility, this document provides an overview of HUD’s definition of homelessness, how it affects eligibility for emergency shelter and other resources, and the documentation that HUD requires.

Date Published: October 2014

Category 3 of Homeless Definition Guidance

This Notice provides guidance to Continuums of Care (CoC) and applicants to the FY2012 CoC Program for Transitional Housing (TH) or Supportive Services Only (SSO) projects, regarding the limitations imposed by the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act.

Date Published: January 2012