Homeless Network of Yakima County
Continuums of Care (CoC) which are eligible applicants consist of nonprofit organizations, State and local governments, instrumentalities of local governments, and public housing agencies. An eligible applicant must be designated by the Continuum of Care to submit an application to HUD for grant funds. In 2018, there were 401 designated CoCs in the nation and only 5 communities in Washington State have their own CoC Designation. The remaining communities are a part of the Washington Balance of State CoC. Yakima County, a former CoC, lost this designation and became a member of the Washington Balance of State CoC in 2017.
The Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) is an exciting new initiative designed to reduce the number of youth experiencing homelessness. On July 13, 2018, HUD announced $43 million in funding to 11 communities to ending youth homelessness. The communities that submitted applications took an important step in preventing and ending youth homelessness.
While Yakima County is not included in this grant, as a member of the Balance of State, as well as a recipient of other similar community planning grants, we are connected to this work through our local leaders who serve on the Balance of State Steering Committee and the chairs of our Youth Coalition.