Sarbanes, Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announce Nearly $3.7 Million to Address Youth Homelessness

Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Representatives Elijah E. Cummings and Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.), in announcing more than $3,699,000 in federal funding to help improve services for homeless youth in Baltimore City. The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program.

“Every young person in Baltimore and around the nation deserves a safe place to call home. Connecting homeless youth with the services that they need will make an enormous difference in the course of their lives,” the Members said. “We will continue to support innovative partnerships that develop positive solutions for Baltimore.”

“I’d like to thank our federal partners for providing access to these critical funds,” said Baltimore City Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young. “This grant will allow the City of Baltimore to develop a data-driven plan focused on the needs of unaccompanied youth and to initiate programs to better serve those in need of housing and supportive services.”

HUD Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program funds may be used for permanent housing, transitional housing, supportive services, Homeless Management Information Systems or homelessness prevention. Grantees may include nonprofit providers, states and local governments working to quickly re-house homeless and unaccompanied youth. Funding is authorized under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11381-11389, Title IV, Subtitle C, as amended.)