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Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program

Erie and Niagara Counties received $3.59 million dollars towards the creation of innovative new programs to end youth homelessness.

The Erie/Niagara YHDP Coordinated Community Plan has prioritized three type of projects: Joint Transitional Rapid rehousing, Family engagement team, Overnight drop in. 

Request for proposal

Request for proposal can be found here. The application is due May 8th 4:00 PM. If you have any question regarding to the application or application process, please contact Kexin Ma via [email protected]

To fill out the application and budget sheet, please click the links below:

YHDP application

Budget worksheet (Only required to fill out the component you are applying for: SSO New Project Budget Worksheet , RRH New Project Budget Worksheet , TH-RRH New Project Budget Worksheet )

A live streaming RFP meeting will be available March 23rd 2:00 PM. We will go over the RFP briefly and answer any question provider may have.

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (571) 317-3112

Access Code: 671-002-453

Coordinated Community Plan

Our community undertook an eight month long youth-centric strategic planning process to develop this Coordinated Community Plan. Through deliberate discussions with our Youth Action Board, Youth Task Force, Community Stakeholders, and YHDP Technical Assistance providers, we developed the needs assessment, guiding principles, visions, goals, and prioritized projects.

Coordinated Community Plan can be view and downloaded here.

We are currently seeking Child welfare agencies, government entities and YAB’s endorsement. Will be added to the final plan.


Prior to designing new and innovative projects, a Coordinated Community Plan is required to be developed and then reviewed by HUD.

Click here to check out the Coordinated Community Plans from Round 1 and 2

The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness have have five criteria for ending youth homelessness:

1. The community identifies all unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness.
2. The community uses prevention and diversion strategies whenever possible, and otherwise provides immediate access to low-barrier crisis housing and services to any youth who needs and wants it.
3. The community uses coordinated entry processes to effectively link all youth experiencing homelessness to housing and services solutions that are tailored to their needs.
4. The community acts with urgency to swiftly assist youth to move in to permanent or non-time-limited housing options with appropriate services and supports.
5. The community has resources, plans, and system capacity in place to continue to prevent and quickly end
future experiences of homelessness among youth.


Technical Assistance and Youth Task Force Meetings

10/2/2019 (with TA providers) – Kickoff meeting Power Point

10/17/19 – Youth Task Force Meeting Power Point

  • Included both Erie and Niagara County Youth Task Forces
  • Governance structure decided
  • Decision making strategy decided

1/23/2020 – 1.23.20 YHDP Meeting PowerPoint

  • The YTF and YAB determined three projects of priority:
    • Joint Transitional and Rapid Rehousing (TH-RRH)
    • Crisis outreach / mobile outreach
    • Coordinated Entry (24 / hr youth focused Drop in center)

Other Resources for Policy Making 
Criteria and Benchmarks for Ending Youth Homelessness
Preventing and Ending Youth Homelessness: A Coordinated Community Response
Ending Youth Homelessness: A Guidebook Series

Elements of Effective Youth Programs

Each program that applies for YHDP funding must incorporate a Positive Youth Development and Trauma-Informed Framework. Here are some resources to learn how to make your programs more youth centered:

Trauma Informed Care – SAMHSA

What is Trauma-Informed Care? UB School of Social Work 

About Positive Youth Development – HHS 

Integrating Positive Youth Development 

Positive Youth Development Measurement Toolkit