Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project

NeighborWorks Alaska is a sub-recipient of a United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant that provides rental assistance for homeless youth in partnership with Volunteers of America who will be providing supportive services. In August 2016, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) invited continuum of care (CoC) organizations from around the country to participate in the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP). The YHDP is a competitive, multiyear effort to build systems intended to end youth homelessness. Over 130 communities applied and in January 2017, Anchorage’s CoC was one of ten communities selected.

Applicant Eligibility:
Must meet U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) literally homeless requirements, TAY VISPDAT score of 9 or higher, and low-income requirements.

How it Works:
HUD requires that COC recipients participate in the Coordinated Entry process. In doing so NeighborWorks Alaska attends Coordinated Entry meetings every other Tuesday. If NeighborWorks Alaska has an opening in ANY of the COC grant programs, this information is presented at these meetings and a referral from the Coordinated Entry list is made to that specific program. NeighborWorks will then send a notification to the prospective client and/or organization who made the referral to the coordinated entry system, notifying them that they have 30 days to submit a completed application along with eligibility documentation including disability, chronic homelessness, and income verification. Once this application is submitted the Grant Program Manager reviews it for eligibility and makes a final determination. If approved an approval letter is then sent to the client, Covenant House, and Volunteers of America notifying them of the approval, maximum rental amount, and the client’s portion of rent per month. Clients choose where they would like to live within the community and lease from a private landlord that will accept the voucher. Clients with income will pay no more than 30% of their adjusted gross income toward the housing costs.

DOWNLOAD AN APPLICATION

Be sure and save this document to your computer before you begin filling it out.

If submitting Vulnerability Index - Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool (VI-SPDAT) as eligibility please be sure it is Community Solutions American Version 2.0.

Submit completed applications and all required documentation to ensure NeighborWorks Alaska can facilitate an expedited review. Incomplete applications will be placed on hold until required documentation is submitted, and a new date stamp will then be placed on the application.

For more information contact:

Laura Cox-Wilson
(907) 677-8472
lcox@nwalaska.org