Des Moines Awarded Federal Grant to Aid Homeless Youth

DES MOINES, IOWA — Friday, August 30, 2019The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the City of Des Moines and its community partners with a $1,865,045 grant on Thursday, August 29 as part of the national Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP).

The City of Des Moines applied for the grant on behalf of the Polk County Continuum of Care, which is serving as the lead YHDP agency for Greater Des Moines. The Mid-Iowa Health Foundation and the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines joined the City of Des Moines in providing letters of financial support for the YHDP application. The Iowa Homeless Youth Center and the Iowa Department of Human Services also signed an agreement to support the work with the YHDP in the Des Moines area.

The national program supports local communities in the development and implementation of a coordinated community approach to preventing and ending youth homelessness. The Des Moines community will use this funding to support a variety of housing options for people under the age of 24 who are experiencing homelessness.

“Thank you to our partners at the federal level and the Congressional Delegation for their continued commitment to address homelessness in our community,” said Mayor Frank Cownie. “We greatly appreciate the support to better enable us to assist those who need our help.”

Over the next several months, the communities selected for YHDP grants will work with their local Youth Action Board, child welfare agencies, and other community partners to create a comprehensive community plan. In Polk County, the YHDP will be incorporated into the December 2017 Plan to End Youth Homelessness, facilitated by the Polk County Continuum of Care.

Al Setka
Communications Manager, City Manager’s Office
(515) 283-4057

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