Philadelphia receives $8.78 million to help end youth homelessness – Metro Philadelphia

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development met Monday at City Hall alongside Mayor Jim Kenney, city leaders, homeless youth advocates and local nonprofits to announce nearly $9 million in funding to help end youth homelessness.

The grant was awarded through HUD’s Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program and will allow homelessness service providers across the city to plan and pilot innovative programs designed specifically for young adults ages 18 to 24 years.

“The YHDP is awarded to communities with a strong track record of performance and creativity. We need to think ahead about how we meet the unique and special needs of homeless youth by designing programs that meet their needs and are accessible to them where they are,” said Matthew J. Heckles, regional administrator of HUD Mid-Atlantic, during his presentation. Philadelphia with a check.

Philadelphia was one of 17 communities selected by HUD to receive a YHDP grant this year, receiving the highest amount among cities that won the competitive award. Funds can support a range of housing programs, including rapid rehousing, permanent supportive housing, and transitional housing.

“While Philadelphia has made significant progress on the complex, national challenge of homelessness, cities cannot solve this problem alone,” Kenney said. “Solving this problem requires collaboration at all levels, from HUD and city officials to nonprofit leaders and community members, and this new funding represents a critical step to continue moving forward in Philadelphia.”

The City of Philadelphia funds 29 separate programs that specifically address youth homelessness and currently has 387 youth-only beds. Over the next few months, the Office of Homeless Services (OHS) will work with its Youth Advisory Council, nonprofits and other partners to fund the services young people want most: access to jobs and to well-paid apprenticeships, financial literacy and long duration. -long-term homeless housing.

Over the past five years, Philadelphia has seen a 22% reduction in homelessness, while family homelessness has dropped 42%, according to official counts required by HUD. Yet measuring youth homelessness – and piloting youth-focused programs – remains a challenge.

“This grant recognizes the unique needs of homeless youth. These are the kinds of investments we need to break intergenerational poverty and make sure we don’t leave young adults behind,” said OHS Director Liz Hersh.

“It looks like a bright future for youth and young adults experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia,” added Joseph Hill-Coles, a youth navigator with Youth Services, Inc.

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