HUD Grants Louisville $3.45 Million to End Youth Homelessness
Louisville, KY (July 13, 2018) – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that the Coalition for the Homeless will receive $3.45 million to support local efforts to reduce, and eventually eliminate, youth and young adult homelessness in Louisville. The Homeless Youth Demonstration Grant is awarded to select communities in order to create comprehensive and innovative plans to address homelessness for unaccompanied youth age 24 and under. Louisville’s Homeless Youth Committee has been working for two years to understand the numbers and needs of homeless youth in the community, develop an extensive plan to address this need, create a by-name list of youth who need assistance with housing and services, and begin accessing resources to implement the plan. A Youth Action Board made up solely of persons under 25 who have experienced homelessness has also been advising and engaging homeless youth throughout the effort. These groups will collaborate with HUD to finalize their plan and use the resources made available through this grant to implement programs that provide homeless outreach, services, and housing for homeless youth. The ultimate goal of this collaborative effort is to eliminate young adult homelessness in Louisville by 2020.