The Weinberg Foundation recently approved $800,000 to support a range of organizations in Baltimore and Hawai‘i implementing the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program—a two-year initiative funded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to address youth homelessness in 44 communities across the country.

This partnership allows for a collective approach by engaging youth who have experienced homelessness, nonprofit providers, and systems leaders to help design, implement, and evaluate pilot programs. More than 160 young people in Baltimore experiencing homelessness will develop trusting relationships with trained mentors to help them determine pathways out of homelessness and hone their skills to become economically independent.

The Foundation is providing $400,000 to experienced Baltimore partners who will implement new housing programs, including the two listed below. Additional partners will be announced over the next few months.

  • St. Vincent de Paul Society of Baltimore for Rapid Rehousing and Permanent Supportive Housing programs that will provide young adults with stable housing and supportive services
  • Springboard Community Services for a family-based setting program that will help young adults build trusting and enduring connection with adult support networks

Funding will provide partners with the flexibility needed to support youth and authentically engage them in program implementation.