Six months after learning that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development had awarded a $3.7 million dollar Youth Homeless Demonstration Program (YHDP) grant to the Marion-Polk region, the required Coordinated Community Plan (CCP) has been submitted for HUD approval. The plan calls for much more than $3.7M to end youth homelessness. It elevates youth leadership; expands cross-agency coordination; and seeks systems-alignment between child welfare, education, juvenile justice, and social services.
More than 170 people were involved in the development of the Coordinated Community Plan. Once approved by HUD, the plan will provide the basis for a local Request for Proposals (RFP) process that will result in YHDP grants being issued for supportive services and joint transitional housing and rapid rehousing projects to serve young people under age 25.
More information will be posted on this website as it becomes available.