Reapproaching HUD as a Funder for Homeless Youth Housing and Services: Reauthorized McKinney-Vento H

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National Alliance to End Homelessness

Federal Policy Brief | April 26, 2010

Files: PDF | 265 KB | 10 pages

The Alliance wishes to encourage homeless youth service providers to become involved in the Continuum of Care process and apply for funding for two primary reasons: (a) increased funding in FY2010 and FY2011 offers a greater opportunity to expand your local housing supply; and (b) changes in statutory language allow greater flexibility to design housing programs which meet the needs of homeless youth.

This issue brief outlines changes in appropriations and authorization language for HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance program and focuses on how these changes may benefit homeless youth. Changes in program eligibility will allow agencies to offer housing, rapid reā€housing, and services designed to facilitate family reunification and prevent youth from running away. Communities wishing to expand homelessness prevention, early intervention, and housing services to unaccompanied youth should look to the HUD Continuum of Care process and McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Programs.

The brief covers the following topics:

  • Appropriations
  • Reauthorization of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
  • Changes in the definition of homelessness
  • How Changes in the definition may result in additional resources for homeless youth
  • Review of HUD housing programs offering eligibility for youth
  • Application for funding
  • Implementation opportunity for public comments on proposed regulations

The brief also provides two examples, including the one below, on how HUD funding can be used to house homeless youth.