Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP)

Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program

The Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) is a federal funded initiative administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Communities selected to participate in YHDP through a highly competitive process are provided with funding and technical assistance to complete an intensive six-to-nine-month planning process and then implement a Coordinated Community Plan to prevent and end youth and young adult (YYA) homelessness. HUD funding is intended to support only a portion of the plan with the additional support coming from local and state sources, both public and private.

YHDP is unique in that it is uses a shared-ownership model. HUD requires that the community include a broad range of partners in decision-making, including young people with lived homelessness experience. Without partner support, HUD will not approve the community’s plan nor release their funding.

NYC applied and was selected to participate in Round 4 of YHDP in September 2021. NYC received $15 million, the largest YHDP award in the program’s history. Implementation is expected to last for two years following HUD’s approval of the City’s Coordinated Community Plan. After that time, YHDP funding is eligible for renewal on an annual basis under the City’s Continuum of Care program.

Coordinated Community Plan

Opportunity Starts with a Home: New York City’s Plan to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness (.PDF)

Click here to view the Press Release - Mayor Adams Unveils Plan to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness in New York City

The Coordinated Community Plan is a community’s strategy to prevent and end youth and young adult homelessness. It is comprehensive, covering topics such as stable housing, education and employment, health and wellbeing, community connections, and systems improvement, and it addresses prevention, early intervention, crisis support, and both medium and long-term housing and services. It also focuses on key populations, including those who have been historically marginalized, experience homelessness at greater rates than their peers, and whose experiences are more severe. Those groups include but are not limited to, Black Indigenous and other young People of Color, LGBTQ+ young people, young people involved in public city and state systems, immigrant young people, pregnant and parenting youth, minors, and young people who have been commercially sexually exploited.

The Plan includes a bold vision for what the city should look like with respect to youth and young adults and their housing stability. It includes broad-reaching goals for achieving that vision, clearly identify community needs, and articulate specific objectives and action steps that are achievable, address our needs, and lead us on a path to reaching our goals.

The Coordinated Community Plan is a living document. It includes a governance structure and continuous quality improvement strategy that will allow the community to track our progress, provide oversight, receive feedback, and improve the plan over time. We expect it to be regularly reviewed and updated as we learn more about the effect of its prescribed actions and as our City changes over time.

Opportunity Starts with a Home (OSH) New Projects

OSH Governance Structure

We will implement an OSH governance structure that serves three functions:

  1. support for new projects funded through the YHDP;
  2. accountability for YHDP actions; and
  3. evaluation/continuous quality improvement

We will stay attuned to ways to expand the goals of this CCP and continue to advocate for investments in services, policies, and resources for YYA experiencing homelessness, such as policies that promote equity for YYA in accessing to new housing resources, rental assistance, and permanent supportive housing, as well as that promote living wages for staff who work with YYA. Our governance structure is comprised of the OSH Management Team, and the OSH Steering Committee and an OSH New Projects working group.

How to Get Involved

Implementing our Coordinated Community Plan will take the participation of a diverse group of stakeholders. Our hope is that both new and old partners will see themselves and their missions represented in the Plan and will join us in our efforts to prevent and end YYA homelessness. If you are interested in learning more about how you or your organization might become more involved, contact our Steering Commitee Co-Chairs: 

  • Elizabeth Sutter, NYC Youth Action Board (YAB)
  • Tracey Thorne, Dept. of Youth and Community Development (DYCD)
  • Joe Westmacott, Safe Horizons Streetwork Project

Crisis Response

If you, a friend, or family member are currently experiencing a crisis, please call NYC Well. You can also go to DYCD Runaway & Homeless Youth to learn more about the resources available to young people experiencing homelessness or housing instability in NYC.