NOFO - Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program - FY2021

FY2021 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) - Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP)

Funding Opportunity Number: FR-6500-N-35

Dear Stakeholders,

The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the FY2021 Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) is now available. YHDP is an initiative designed to address systemic responses to youth homelessness and significantly reduce the number of youths experiencing homelessness. Through this NOFO, HUD will award approximately $72 million in up to twenty-five participating communities, with a priority for communities with substantial rural populations in up to eight locations. HUD strongly encourages all communities to consider applying. CoC Submission Deadline: June 28, 2022, 11:59:59 PM EST.

Opening Doors Northwest Florida is seeking proposals from nonprofit service providers and governmental agencies to implement projects to serve unaccompanied homeless youth, and pregnant/parenting youth, age 24 and younger in support of reducing homelessness, utilizing resources from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP).

Applications are requested from eligible organizations across the Escambia and Santa Rosa County Continuum of Care for seven primary objectives:

  1. Build national momentum.
  2. Promote equity in the delivery and outcomes of homeless assistance.
  3. Highlight the importance of youth leadership:
  4. Evaluate the coordinated community approach.
  5. Expand Capacity
  6. Evaluate performance measures.
  7. Establish a framework for Federal program and TA collaboration.

This Application must be submitted by a community’s Continuum of Care (CoC) Collaborative Applicant but should be co-developed with a broad array of community partners, including a youth action board, a state or local child welfare agency, youth homelessness housing, and service providers, local schools’ districts, community health organizations, workforce development organizations, law enforcement, judges, corrections, and more.

Youth leadership is a critical component of the YHDP. Communities are required to establish a Youth Action Board to guide the Coordinated Community Plan and YHDP project design development.

Native American, Alaska Native tribal governments and organizations may be eligible to receive project funding under this NOFO.

Eventual YHDP recipients will be able to use this funding to address youth homelessness in ways that are specifically tailored to their needs, including funding for housing units, wrap-around services, and housing support. YHDP will also support youth-focused performance measurements and coordinated entry systems.

Once selected, communities will work with their youth action boards, child welfare agencies, and other community partners to create a comprehensive community plan to end youth homelessness. Communities will serve as leaders in the nation on the work to end homelessness among young people.

Some key points from the NOFO that will apply to project applications and the CoC application, are listed below.


  • Ending homelessness for all persons
  • Using a Housing First approach
  • Reducing unsheltered homelessness
  • Improving system performance
  • Partnering with housing and health service agencies
  • Racial equity
  • Persons with lived experience

(YHDP) NOFO Bidders Workshop

All interested parties and applicants should read the NOFO and all related materials in their entirety. This workshop is intended for nonprofit service providers and governmental agenies interested in applying for the FY2021 Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP), Funding Opportunity Number: FR-6500-N-35.

Please book for your seat by filling the registration form below.

April 12th, 2022: sign in 8:30 am, Workshop 9 am - 11 am

Gateway Church of Christ, 445 Creighton Road, Pensacola Florida

Pre-Registration is Required: