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YHDP RFP & Application Guidelines Released

In July of 2018 the Regional Task Force on the Homeless Continuum of Care was awarded through national competition, the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) grant by The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the amount of $7.94 million, to prevent and end youth homelessness in the San Diego region. As a threshold requirement, the CoC was required to create a Coordinated Community Plan (CCP) to End Youth Homelessness in the San Diego region, regardless of the funding source.

Over a period of eight months, the CoC worked in partnership with various stakeholders including: the Youth Action Board (YAB), multiple community service providers, HUD and HUD technical Assistance Providers. The CCP development was an amalgam of input and best practices from six special focus groups, four community input sessions and more that 25 Operational Team meetings; inclusive of written feedback from the San Diego Youth Homelessness Consortium, subject matter experts, and the various youth and community stakeholders on what they believe is needed to end youth homelessness in the San Diego region.

The YHDP award and Coordinated Community Plan will move the Continuum of Care forward in creating appropriate system capacity, and full implementation of a youth coordinated entry system to identify and quickly link all homeless youth to tailored and scaled housing and services. The YHDP grant aims to support a wide range of housing programs including rapid rehousing, permanent housing, transitional housing, and host homes; while emphasizing prevention and diversion.

The Youth Homeless Demonstration Grant will expand the community’s capacity to serve homeless youth, pilot new models of assistance, and determine what array of interventions is necessary to serve the target population in their community. YHDP will measure youth outcomes, and the connection between youth performance measures on overall system performance for the Continuum of Care (CoC) to prevent and end youth homelessness by forming new partnerships, addressing system barriers, conducting needs assessments and testing promising strategies.

HUD Principles and Outcomes include: Stable housing, permanent connections, education/ employment/ entrepreneurialism (3E’s), social-emotional well-being; Incorporating: Special Populations (pregnant & parenting, justice involved, LGBTQ, unaccompanied minors, foster care, human trafficking and domestic violence); Positive Youth Development, Family Engagement, Immediate Access to housing; Youth Choice, Individualized and client-driven supports, social and community integration.

CCP Submission to HUD:

On March 13, 2019, the  San Diego Coordinated Community Plan to End Youth Homelessness was approved by HUD for implementation. The CoC has been sharing the CCP with the community. We ask that potential YHDP applicants familiarize themselves with the CCP in its entirety; we encourage a specific focus on youth outcomes (3E’s), and innovation.


Apply for YHDP:

RTFH wants to see collaboration and partnership in the provision of interventions funded by the YHDP RFP. Collaboration and partnership are strongly encouraged and intended to provide opportunities for meaningful and creative solutions to address youth homelessness. Collaborating agencies should plan, discuss and decide collectively to develop a joint competitive proposal. Within one project proposal, each entity should describe their role, capacity, services offered and commitment to meeting the project outcomes.  If selected, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) will be required of the collaborative partners. The MOA will outline how all parties will ensure a coordinated effort across all YHDP funded projects and in alignment with the CCP.

A collaborative partnership is not to be construed as a pass-through relationship in which one agency passes most, if not all, of the YHDP funding onto another agency to do the work of the proposed project.  RTFH reserves the right to waive non-material irregularities, to contact any applicant for clarifying information, conduct interviews and to contact applicants to consider collaboration, consolidation, etc.

RTFH is offering each applicant a technical assistance opportunity to speak directly with RTFH staff regarding the proposed project partnership in order to determine if the project is designed as a Subrecipient relationship or as a Contractor/MOA Service Partnership relationship. This technical assistance opportunity must be completed no later than May 6, 2019.  Please see the updated RFP Guidelines below for further information and clarification about RTFH’s intent regarding collaboration and partnership as well as instructions on scheduling the technical assistance opportunity with RTFH staff.

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YHDP Application Resources:

RTFH recommend that potential applicants review information about the roles and responsibilities of being a subrecipient of HUD YHDP funding; as well as the implementation and compliance with Continuum of Care funding requirements.  Accessing these resources does not guarantee you a YHDP award but helps potential applicants review basic information that may be useful in response to the RFP.


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