SOAR Integration in the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP)
The Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) is an exciting funding opportunity from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for communities to design and implement a plan to prevent and end youth homelessness.
YHDP Grant Opportunity
FY2021 YHDP Competition
Integrating SOAR into Your Proposal to End Youth Homelessness
SOAR is a key part of a systemic response to ending youth homelessness and represents an innovative model for increasing income and housing stability for youth who have disabling conditions, particularly for those exiting foster care. For youth with disabling conditions, Social Security Administration (SSA) disability benefits strongly contribute to USICH’s targeted outcomes for ending youth homelessness: stable housing, education and employment benefits through SSA’s work incentives, and increased health outcomes through connection with Medicaid.
Identify which populations currently have access to SOAR services and where increased access is needed, such as in the child welfare system, runaway and homeless youth programs, and juvenile corrections systems.
The YHDP requires communities to create a Youth Action Board, consisting of a minimum of three members aged 24 or younger, at least two-thirds of whom have lived experience of homelessness.
Youth with experience in going through the SOAR process are uniquely equipped to provide insights into increasing access to benefits and using SSA’s work incentives to explore work and educational opportunities.
Youth exiting foster care can apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) 180 days before their foster care eligibility will end due to age.
Use the SSI for Youth Transitioning out of Foster Care: A Toolkit for Advocates in your planning efforts.
This outreach can dramatically reduce the number of youth transitioning into homelessness from foster care!
- Demonstrating that your community has been successful in addressing systemic challenges to ending homelessness, such as increasing income and housing stability for those with disabling conditions, is a key part of the YHDP and SOAR data can help show community progress.
Describing how your community implemented the SOAR model can be a great example of using innovation to transform systems!
- February, 2023
- Community Collaborations