Federal Resources

HUD Homelessness Definition

Housing Urban Development (HUD) breaks down homelessness into 4 categories (Literal Homeless, Imminent Risk of Homeless, Homeless Under other Federal Statute, and Fleeing/Attempting to Flee DV) and provides an official definition of each circumstance.

Family and Youth Services Bureau

FYSB supports the work of organizations and communities in the fight to end youth homelessness, adolescent pregnancy and domestic violence. The Runaway and Homeless Youth page features FYSB-funded programs for several populations of youth experiencing homelessness. Examples:

The Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP)

The Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) is a part of HUD’s initiative designed to address and reduce the number of youths experiencing homelessness. View this page to find more information about what areas have received YHDP funding.

United States Interagency Council on Homelessness 

USICH is a federal strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness. The Tools for Action page includes toolkits and fact sheets about Federal programs, guidelines, policies, and more affecting homelessness. EXAMPLES:

The National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families (NCHYF) is a national resource for organizations that support runaway and homeless youth and their families with programs and services. For example:

General Resources and Networks

National Network for Youth  

National Network for Youth is a national membership-based organization created to focus on the needs of runaway youth and youth experiencing homelessness. NNY shares a plethora of resources and ways to get involved, including: 


National Runaway Safeline 

This site contains pertinent information for Youth and Teens, Concerned Adults, and Service Providers. The site also features confidential call, chat, and email channels for runaway youth or youth in crisis. The site includes a Forum page in which visitors can post and discuss issues they are facing.

Guides, Research, and Best Practices

Bay Area Transition-Age Youth Workforce Initiative 

New Ways to Work and California Opportunity Youth Network share this guide to increase access to workforce programs and improve employment and self-sufficiency outcomes for opportunity youth, including justice-involved youth and youth experiencing homelessness: 

The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice and Research 

Field Center completed a multi-city study on child trafficking among homeless youth. In their research they identify risk factors and key findings associated with this vulnerable population.  

Loyola University New Orleans 

Loyola University, in collaboration with Covenant House International, released a study on the prevalence and nature of human trafficking experienced by youth aged 17 to 25 years old located in different cities throughout the US.  

Heartland Alliance 

Heartland Alliance released a best practice brief outlining the common barriers to employment that the youth experiencing homelessness experience all while addressing support services that prioritize their unique needs. 

NYEC Workshops on Youth Homelessness

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Housing Strategies and Resources for Youth Organizations

This workshop discusses various strategies organizations can do to help young people resolve severe housing instability or homelessness. The focus is on understanding HUD eligibility criteria, different types of housing interventions, and ways to partner with community housing providers.

The Intersection of Youth Homelessness + Human Trafficking

There is a strong overlap between homelessness and trafficking experiences among youth. Understanding the pathways, vulnerabilities that lead to homelessness and trafficking, as well as key strategies to prevent both, is critical in our fight to end human trafficking. Viewers will learn: 

  • Federal definitions and examples will be used to define homelessness and human trafficking- inclusive of sex and labor trafficking.
  • The latest research to include Chapin Hall Voices of Youth Count and Loyola University’s research on the intersection of runaway and homeless youth and human trafficking
  • Common risk and protective factors
  • Key policy opportunities to move forward a proactive advocacy agenda.

Homelessness and Youth Employment: Community Connections

This webinar highlights the opportunity to learn more about how homelessness and quality jobs are deeply connected, consider evidence-based programs, and discuss policies and systems necessary to support equitable access to sufficient income.

NYEC Homelessness Series: Employment and YHDP

A workshop to explore the different strategies for improving employment outcomes and career pathways for youth experiencing homelessness from the perspective of different programs. The workshop is intended to give some practical ideas to youth employment programs out there in their approach to serving youth experiencing homelessness.

Members in Areas Awarded Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) Funds

Member Funds Grantee Most Recent Year Awarded Amount 
California Indian Manpower Consortium, INC. City of Sacramento, CA 2022 $6.51 million 
Nourishing Hands Inc Balance of State Continuum of Care, GA 2022 $11.7 million 
Year Up Professional Resources, PBC 
Boys and Girls Club of St. Louis Balance of State Continuum of Care, MO 2022 $6.86 million 
Youth Opportunities Unlimited Cuyahoga County, OH 2022 $3.98 million 
Philadelphia Youth Network City of Philadelphia, PA 2022 $8.78 million 
Bridges to Work 
Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County Balance of State Continuum of Care, WA 2022 $5.29 million 
King County Superior Court Community Programs Unit 
Cocoon House-SnoCo Futures 
The Unity Council Oakland/Alameda/Berkeley 2020 $6.57 million 
Pathways Consultants 
Larry Robbin & Associates 
Grant Associates New York City Continuum of Care 2020 $15 million 
Oregon Youth Development Division Salem/Marion, Polk Counties CoC 2020 $3.69 million 
Dane County School Consortium Madison/Dane County CoC 2020 $2.45 million 
Alan Zuckerman 
New Ways to Work, Inc. Los Angeles City & County 2019 $15 million 
California Youth Opportunity Network (COYN) 
City of LA Youth Development Department 
El Proyecto Del Barrio, Inc. 
Boston PIC Massachusetts Balance of State CoC 2019 $5.9 million 
American Student Assistance 
Office of Workforce Development - Boston 
YouthBuild USA 
College Bound Dorchester 
The WorkPlace Bridgeport, Stamford, Norwalk/Fairfield County CoC 2018 $3.01 million 
National League of Cities District of Columbia CoC 2018 $4.28 million 
U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration 
National Network for Youth 
The Center for Law and Social Policy 
Strumpf Associates: Center for Strategic Change 
Institute for Educational Leadership 
Urban Alliance 
FHI 360 
Forum for Youth Investment 
DC Prep PrepNext 
National Restaurant Association 
Educational Foundation 
The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) 
Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions 
The Corp Network 
Goodwill of Central Iowa Des Moines/Polk County CoC 2018 $1.87 
Youth Guidance Cook County CoC 2018 $6.08 
Keys to Work, Inc. Indianapolis CoC 2018 $3.88 million 
Eclectic Soul VOICES Corporation 
(CAFE) Community Alliance of the Far Eastside, Inc 
The Annie E. Casey Foundation Baltimore CoC 2018 $3.7 million 
Oakmont Education, LLC Balance of State, OH 2018 $1.47 million 
Youth Collaboratory Pittsburgh, McKeesport, Penn Hills/Allegheny County CoC 2018 $3.49 
Kentuckiana Works Louisville-Jefferson County CoC 2017 $3.45 million 
The Book Works 
United Way of Greater Nashville Nashville-Davidson County CoC 2017 $3.54 million 
Jewish Vocational Service San Francisco CoC 2017 $2.9 million 
San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development 
Larkin Street youth services 
Success Centers 
Bay Area Community Resources 
New Door Ventures 
Heat of the Kitchen 
San Francisco Juvenile Probation Department 
Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board, Inc Connecticut Balance of State CoC 2017 $6.6 
Travis County Work-Based Learning Summer Youth Employment Program Austin/Travis County CoC 2017 $5.2 million