Addressing Youth and Young Adult Homelessness
Franklin County-Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP)
In 2019, Community Action Pioneer Valley’s Three County Continuum of Care (CoC) successfully applied on behalf of Franklin County to be designated a Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP), one of only 23 communities across the country to receive this designation. The CoC engaged a range of stakeholders who underwent an 8 month planning process to develop a Coordinated, Community Plan (CCP) to end Youth and Young Adult (YYA) Homelessness in Franklin County and to utilize the $1.9 million received as part of this process. Local service providers submitted proposals to implement programs responding to the needs raised in the CCP, which were approved and will be funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) starting in the fall of 2020. The projects will include best practices for working with YYA, including Positive Youth Development, Trauma Informed Care, and Racial and LGBTQ Equity and will adhere to the HUD required YHDP goals.
Read the full Executive Summary and Coordinated Community Plan To End Youth Homelessness for more information about the planning process leading up to submission of these applications to HUD and our plans for improving the system for YYA who are at-risk of or experiencing homelessness.
Here is the list of projects that are funded by the two year demonstration program (began in fall of 2020):
DIAL/SELF Youth and Community Services-Rapid Rehousing Project
4 YYA beds for individuals with supportive services which will include trauma-informed case management addressing health, mental health, education and employment to support YYA moving on to their next steps.
Gandara-Joint Component Transitional Housing/Rapid Rehousing Project
Short-term Transitional Housing for up to 6 young families or individuals and 12 medium-term Rapid Rehousing beds prioritizing young families with supportive services, including education, employment, health, and mental health support, as well as trauma-informed case management with a move-on strategy.
Mental Health Association (MHA)-Housing Navigator/Rapid Rehousing Project
Housing navigation services for YYA and connection to short-term housing resources for up to 6 beds annually.
Mental Health Association (MHA) Permanent Supportive Housing Project
Long-term housing and services for YYA with disabilities, serving up to 8 YYA annually that include individualized case management support.
Community Action Pioneer Valley-Coordinated Entry and HMIS Projects
These projects will focus on the creation of a YYA-specific coordinated entry process, system planning efforts, and our YYA-related data collection and reporting in our Housing Management Information System (HMIS).
The YHDP Community Plan has a clear expectation for Continuous Quality Improvement of our projects and our YYA homelessness response. Click here for information on our CQI process
Resources Related to Youth/Young Adults:
Authentic YYA Collaboration Training Power Point
Articles Related to Youth & Young Adult Homelessness
Bipartisan Efforts Help to Keep Homeless Kids off the Streets by Colleen Smith, 3/18/202, National Conference of State Legislatures
Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS)
In FY’19, Community Action Pioneer Valley was awarded a contract through the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) to act as the lead agency for the Three County Region (Franklin, Hampshire and Berkshire Counties) for a new Homeless Youth initiative. This includes subcontracts with DIAL/SELF Youth and Community Services and Berkshire County Regional Housing Authority to provide housing and services to unaccompanied youth/young adults under 25 years old.
2019 Completion of Community Needs Assessment for Youth/Young Adults
2019 Development of a Youth/Young Adult Action Board in partnership with Community Action Pioneer Valley’s Youth and Workforce Development Program
2020 (FY21) Homeless Youth Program Plan - EOHHS.
2021 Coordinated Community Plan Short term goal accomplishments.
For more information regarding the Franklin County Coordinated Community Plan or the EOHHS contract, please contact Teri Koopman.