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Youth Homeless Demonstration Program


U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development


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.

  • Requires communities to 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 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 can propose innovative projects and test new approaches to address youth homelessness

  • Washington Balance of State (Rural): $4.63 million: Washington State has one of the strongest commitments to addressing youth homelessness in the nation. Strategic efforts underway include: preventing youth from exiting public systems of care (such as child welfare and juvenile justice) into homelessness, developing a crisis response system for families and youth in conflict, and closing educational equity gaps for homeless students. This award funding will be used as an opportunity to help build youth programming infrastructure in the rural counties. The CoC also plans to create a less burdensome, quicker, and more flexible experience for youth facing homelessness as measured by participant interviews and develop new data sharing and service delivery partnerships with youth providers, funders, local and state government organizations, legislators and other stakeholders.
  • Snohomish County: $2.39 million: Snohomish County Human Services Department will build on successful innovative practices that have transformed the Everett/Snohomish County Continuum of Care homeless response system, to further transform the homeless youth response under the Youth Homeless Demonstration Program.

Local Impact

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.