Los Angeles, CA— HUD released the fiscal year 2018 (FY18) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) on March 14th as part of the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP). YHDP funds communities to develop and implement a coordinated community plan to prevent and end youth homelessness, focused on leveraging a collective impact model bridging resources and strategic coordination across key stakeholder groups through both the planning and implementation phases. A total of $75 million is available in the FY18 YHDP allocation with awards made to up to 25 communities (at least 8 rural), both significant increases from the FY16 and FY17 allocations. Among its many components, YHDP centers its focus on principles and practices of Youth Collaboration and Racial Equity. Additionally, YHDP communities must establish a memorandum of understanding with its local public child welfare agency and align their efforts with the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) four core outcomes for youth--Stable Housing, Social and Emotional Well-Being, Education and Employment, and Permanent Connections.
LAHSA is working closely with the Homeless Youth Forum of Los Angeles (HYFLA), the Los Angeles Continuum of Care's (LA CoC) Youth Action Board, and other key stakeholder groups to prepare for the submission of the LA CoC's FY18 application by the May 15th submission deadline. Towards that end, LAHSA has already facilitated listening and input sessions with the Los Angeles Coalition to End Youth Homelessness (LACEYH), HYFLA, and Youth CES Lead Agencies. If awarded, the LA CoC would receive funding to develop a Coordinated Community Plan for Youth during the first 4-6 months of the two-year grant, and could receive up to $15 million annually for the remainder of the grant to implement the Plan's strategies. HUD expects to make awards in August.
If you have any questions, please contact Tina Estedabadi, Youth CES coordinator by email email@example.com, or Will Lehman, Youth CES manager, at WLehman@lahsa.org.
LAHSA is a joint powers authority of the city and county of Los Angeles, created in 1993 to address the problem of homelessness in Los Angeles County. LAHSA is the lead agency in the HUD-funded Los Angeles Continuum of Care, and coordinates and manages over $300 million annually in federal, state, county, and city funds for programs providing shelter, housing, and services to people experiencing homelessness.