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Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP)

YHDP Background Information 

Polk County is a community dedicated to supporting youth and young adults with the resources they need to thrive. As a community, it is our task to ensure there is a clear pathway for young adults to swiftly access appropriate services, thereby making youth homelessness a rare, brief, and nonrecurring experience for Polk County residents. 

In 2019, Des Moines/Polk County was awarded a transformative grant by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to meet this very need. As one of 23 communities nationwide selected for the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP), Polk County has a unique opportunity to increase resources to prevent and end youth homelessness. YHDP has awarded Polk County $1.86 million ($930,000/yr.) for a two-year demonstration project that displays our community-wide approach to serving youth in innovative ways. To lead this local effort, the Polk County Continuum of Care has collaborated with key stakeholders across the community, including young people, to develop a number of project types as priorities for YHDP funding. Below, please find additional information about the YHDP application process. 

YHDP 2020 Documents 

The Des Moines/Polk County Youth Homeless Demonstration Program (YHDP) is seeking proposals from all eligible applicants. Under YHDP, eligible applicants include non-profit organizations, local and state government, and instrumentalities of local and state government (such as housing authorities). For-profit entities are not eligible.

Persons with hearing or speech impairments may obtain copies of these materials via TTY by calling 1-800-735-2942. Persons who do not speak English as their primary language and who have limited ability to speak, write or understand English may obtain copies of theses materials by calling Angie Arthur at (515) 282-3233 or emailing her at