Boston – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded more than $4.9 million to support the City of Boston’s efforts to prevent and end homelessness among young people in the city. HUD’s Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP), supports a wide range of housing interventions including rapid rehousing, permanent supportive housing, transitional housing, and host homes.
In 2016, Mayor Walsh’s administration convened a Youth Homelessness Leadership Team to tackle the unique issues facing youth and young adults experiencing homelessness. The additional funding will allow for the development of a comprehensive response system and investments in specific housing and service resources intended to help young people experiencing homelessness thrive.
YHDP recipients will use funding for rapid rehousing, permanent supportive housing, and transitional housing, and to fund innovative programs, such as host homes. Recipients can begin requesting funding for specific projects as soon as they are ready. YHDP will also support youth-focused performance measurement and coordinated entry systems. Over the next several months, selected communities will work with their youth advisory boards, child welfare agencies, and other community partners to create a comprehensive community plan to end youth homelessness.