HUD, its federal partners, and youth with lived experience of homelessness designed the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) to drastically reduce the number of youth experiencing homelessness, including unaccompanied, pregnant and parenting youth.
What YHDP Requires:
- Communities must bring together a wide variety of stakeholders, including housing providers, local and state child welfare agencies, school districts, workforce development organizations, and the juvenile justice system.
- Communities must convene Youth Action Boards, comprised of youth that have current or past lived experience of homelessness, to lead the planning and implementation of the YHDP.
- Communities must assess the needs of special populations at higher risk of experiencing homelessness, including racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ+ youth, parenting youth, youth involved in the foster care and juvenile justice systems, and youth victims of human trafficking.
- Communities will create a coordinated community plan that assesses the needs of youth at-risk of and experiencing homelessness in the community and addresses how it will use the money from the YHDP grant, along with other funding sources, to address these needs.
- Communities may propose innovative projects and test new approaches to address youth homelessness.
YHDP in Ohio
In 2018 the COHHIO Youth Housing Initiative and the Ohio Balance of State CoC partnered with several local providers and key stakeholders to secure a $2.2 million federal grant aimed at implementing innovative methods to end youth homelessness in Athens, Vinton, Meigs, Jackson, and Gallia counties.
In 2019, the team partnered with local providers and key stakeholders to secure $1,473,162 of federal YHDP funding to prevent and end youth homelessness in Columbiana, Carroll, Tuscarawas, Jefferson and Harrison counties (Ohio Balance of State Homeless Planning Region 6).
COHHIO will serve as the lead agency, collaborating with local partners to operationalize coordinated community plans and implement new projects to prevent and end youth homelessness in Ohio.
In addition to Balance of State YHDP communities both Cincinnati and Columbus are YHDP cities and more information about their system can be read in their Coordinated Community Plans.