Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program Funds Awarded

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BISMARCK, ND – North Dakota Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC) with assistance from a Youth Action Board awarded nearly $2 million through the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) to local service providers. The CoC is a communitywide commitment to the goal of preventing and ending homelessness in the state.

“Youth experience homelessness for any number of reasons including conflict with or abuse by family members,” said Dave Flohr, North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) executive director. “The Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program funds services that prevent and end youth homelessness.” NDHFA is the Collaborative Applicant for the CoC.

The following providers were awarded YHDP grants:

  • Fraser Ltd., $264,996 for rapid rehousing in Region 5 (Fargo area).
  • Grand Forks Housing Authority, $402,556 to provide supportive services in Region 4 (Grand Forks area).
  • Youthworks dba Mountain Plains Youth Services, $775,470 to provide supportive services and joint transitional housing/rapid rehousing in Regions 2 (Minot area) and 4 (Grand Forks area).
  • Institute for Community Alliances, $100,000 for Homeless Management Information System statewide.
  • Pathfinder Services, $402,554 to provide supportive services statewide with a focus on rural areas.

“Providing supportive services to young adults who are experiencing homelessness is critical as they are particularly vulnerable to victimization and are at greater risk of developing mental health issues when exposed to life threatening situations,” said Katie Jo Armbrust, CoC board president.

The YHDP grant was provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Youth with lived experience helped with the assessment of the applications to ensure that the grant recipients understand the needs and preferences of the young people they will serve.

The CoC provides funding to support efforts to prevent and end homelessness, promotes access to and for effective utilization of programs, and optimizes the self-sufficiency of individuals and families experiencing homelessness. More information about the organization is available online at

NDHFA is a self-supporting and mission-driven state agency dedicated to making housing affordable for all North Dakotans. The North Dakota Industrial Commission, consisting of Governor Doug Burgum as chairman, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Attorney General Drew H. Wrigley, oversees the agency.

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