HUD AWARDS LYNN $2.3 MILLION TO HELP PUT AN END TO YOUTH HOMELESSNESS
LYNN was one of 17 communities in the country to receive HUD funding to alleviate youth homelessness
LYNN, MA: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded a total of $83.7 million to 17 communities around the country to help stop youth homelessness. Of the 17 communities that were funded, Lynn was one of them, receiving a total of $2.3 million to go towards this important cause. The funding was awarded through HUD’s Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) to the Lynn Housing Authority & Neighborhood Development (LHAND) to support a variety of housing programs to stabilize homeless youth such as rapid rehousing, permanent supportive housing, transitional housing, and host homes.
This grant will significantly bolster all the work already taking place in the region by the North Shore Housing Action Group (NSHAG). Since its inception in 2016, NSHAG has been trying to tackle this prevalent issue in the Essex County region, including Lynn. By virtue of these newly granted funds, Lynn is determined to develop a solution to resolve the increasing needs in the community for homeless youth.
Michelle D’Amico, the Service Division Program Manager at LHAND, said, “There is a growing need for youth shelters, rapid rehousing, and expanding supportive services for this population. These funds will allow us to continue to address these exigencies and fill in the gaps where needed.”
There is no other city in Massachusetts that reports a higher number of unaccompanied homeless youth than Lynn. To combat youth homelessness in Lynn, the Lynn Housing Authority and Neighborhood Development will plan to work with community leaders and more importantly youth who have experience with homelessness, to devise an allocation plan for the award.
“The Lynn Housing Authority and Neighborhood Development is pleased to receive these funds and continue administering the funds on behalf of the Lynn Continuum of Care. Since 1994, we have been working with the leading representative agencies from the CoC to provide housing services to Lynn’s most vulnerable population,” said Charles Gaeta, Executive Director of LHAND.
The grant will cultivate a well of resources that homeless youth in the city of Lynn will be able to access in order to gain economic and social independence. The Lynn Housing Authority and Neighborhood Development is excited and looks forward to seeing the benefits of this HUD grant unfold in the near future.