San Juan Safe Communities Initiative has joined this effort. HUD and MFA funding allows for us to house 11 clients between the ages of 18 and 25. Our young adults can remain in the program for two years while they prepare themselves to enter the workforce.
This personal housing benefit allows our young people to focus on their economic future by continuing their education or finding a vocation that allows for their personal financial security.
Notably some of our clients have marked success by obtaining their GED, continuing their education through community college, seeking a vocation by obtaining a Commercial Drivers License (CDL), and completing barber school.
Learn more at HUD and the NM Coalition to End Homelessness
The Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) is an exciting new initiative designed to reduce the number of youth experiencing homelessness. The goal of the YHDP is to support selected communities, including rural, suburban, and urban areas across the United States, in the development and implementation of a coordinated community approach to preventing and ending youth homelessness. Additionally, HUD is committed to sharing that experience of YHDP communities and mobilizing communities around the country toward the same end.
In July 2018 NMCEH was provisionally awarded $3.37 million to develop a system to address youth homelessness in 14 northern New Mexico counties. The counties included are Cibola, McKinley, San Juan, Sandoval, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Taos, Colfax, San Miguel, Mora, Union, Harding, and Quay. The population to be served is youth experiencing homelessness, including unaccompanied and pregnant or parenting youth, where no member of the household is older than 24. The funding will pay for outreach, housing and supportive services to assist the several hundred youth who become homeless each year in this 14 county region.