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Preventing Homelessness Among the Young

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) [1] has announced that it will give $43 million towards youth projects to 11 communities around the country.

The grants come through HUD's Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program and are earmarked for “a wide range of housing interventions including rapid rehousing, permanent supportive housing, transitional housing, and host homes,” according to HUD's statement.

Selected communities “will work with their youth advisory boards, child welfare agencies, and other community partners” on community plans aimed at ending youth homelessness, the agency stated.

Urban grants are headed for San Diego's Regional Task Force on the Homeless ($8 million); Louisville's Homeless Youth Committee of the Louisville ($3.5 million); the City of Boston ($5 million), Columbus, Ohio's, Youth Action Board and Youth Committee ($6 million); and Nashville, toward its Key Action Plan ($3.5 million).

Rural grants will go to the State of Nebraska fort its Connected Youth Initiative ($3.3 million); Northern New Mexico, towards youth homelessness efforts in 14 counties ($3.4 million); the State of Vermont for its  Youth Homelessness Prevention Plan Committee ($2 million); the State of Washington for its programs aimed at keeping young people at risk from becoming homeless ($4.6 million); Northwestern Minnesota for its efforts to tackle homelessness among Native people ($1.4 million); and the Snohomish, Washington, County Human Services Department on behalf of its Youth Homeless Demonstration Program ($2.4 million).

"Young people who are victims of abuse, family conflict, or aging out of foster care are especially vulnerable to homelessness," HUD Secretary Dr. Benjamin Carson said. "We're working with our local partners to support innovative new approaches to help young people find stable housing, break the cycle of homelessness and lead them on a path to self-sufficiency."

The communities will have four months to develop and submit to HUD a coordinated community plan to prevent and end youth homelessness, HUD stated.