The Reaching Home Youth and Young Adult Homelessness Workgroup released Opening Doors for Youth 2.0 plan, a revised action plan which provides guidance for how to end homelessness in Connecticut for youth and young adults. This plan was updated as part of the requirement from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) to develop a coordinated community plan to create a comprehensive integrated network of services for homeless and unstably housed young people ages 14-24 in Connecticut.
The Plan outlines a vision in Connecticut where all young people have safe, stable places to live to reach their full potential. New to this plan is:
- An overview of the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program, which HUD awarded $6.5 million to the Connecticut Balance of State Continuum of Care to create housing and supportive services for youth and young adult experiencing homelessness in that geographic area;
- Newly developed youth effort governance structure;
- statewide statement of needs & regional data on youth and young adult homelessness
- targeted subpopulations overview (i.e., minors, pregnant and parenting youth, juvenile justice involvement);
- Anticipated allocation of YHDP funding;
- and a revamp Action Plan model after the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness Assessing Whether Your Community Has Achieved the Goal of Ending Youth Homelessness document.
Click here to read the Opening Doors for Youth 2.0 plan.