Policy and Resource Updates

This is an update of Federal Policy Initiatives and Resources for Homeless and Runaway Youth. (Thanks to MANY, Inc. for some of the information!)

A Way Home America (AWHA)    Over the past several months, an expanding group of federal, state, and local agencies, philanthropic partners, service providers, advocates, researchers, and young people have been meeting to strategize about ways to create a national movement to achieve the goals of the Opening Doors Federal Strategic Plan to End Homelessness to prevent and end youth homelessness by the end of 2020.   Currently in the process of hiring a Director to manage the movement, this group is leading ambitious goals related to practice, policy and communications that will leverage local, state and national momentum.  Expect to hear more about this movement in May.

HUD Demonstration Program    HUD is currently designing a demonstration project, an investment of up to $33 million, to implement projects that demonstrate how a comprehensive approach can dramatically reduce youth homelessness. These projects would involve youth ages 24 and under in up to 10 communities, including at least four rural communities. For more information on coordinated community responses, check out USICH’s guidance document.

SAMHSA CABHI Funding Opportunity    This is the first SAMHSA homeless-specific FOA that includes youth and families as a target population (previously focused on veterans and chronically homeless) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Cooperative Agreements to Support Homeless Individuals (CABHI) grants will increase the capacity of providers to provide youth with accessible, effective, comprehensive, coordinated, integrated, and evidence-based treatment services; permanent supportive housing; peer supports; and other critical services for youth who have substance use disorders (SUDs), serious mental illness (SMI), serious emotional disturbance (SED), or co-occurring mental and substance use disorders (CODs).

Basic Center Funding Opportunity    The Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) received an increase of $4.98 million (or 4%) over the FY 2015 enacted level.  Even with this increase, we expect intense competition again this year.  In 2014, of the 114 existing programs that were up for competition only 78 of them were funded, along with 36 new programs. 

Street Outreach Funding Opportunity    Expect there to be more awards this year than the last two years.  However, keep in mind, in 2014, of the 50 experienced programs that were up for competition, only 17 were successful in securing funding.  Therefore, we expect similar levels of competition this year even though there will be more awards overall.