Bennet, Hickenlooper Welcome Over $39 Million to Fight Youth Homelessness in Colorado

Washington, D.C. — Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper welcomed over $39 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for organizations in Colorado working to end youth homelessness.

“This funding will support organizations across the state that are working to place Coloradans in stable housing and end youth homelessness in the wealthiest country in the world,” said Bennet.

“Too many young people in Colorado face housing uncertainty and homelessness,” said Hickenlooper. “With this funding, we’re investing in housing and support services to get them on their way to success.”

This funding is made available through HUD’s Continuum of Care (CoC) Competition and Renewal or Replacement of Youth Homeless Demonstration Program Grants. The CoC Program funds states, non-profits, Tribes, and local governments to support community-focused efforts to end youth homelessness, targeting those who are 24 years old and younger. Specifically, the grants include over $16 million to the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless programs throughout the state.

“The Biden-Harris Administration and Secretary Fudge are more committed than ever to ending homelessness as we know it,” said Dominique Jackson, Rocky Mountain Regional Administrator, HUD. “With this significant funding in the amount of $39.8 million, Colorado’s network of Continuum of Care organizations will be better positioned to provide our most vulnerable neighbors with the kind of housing assistance and supportive services that has the potential to change lives and end the vicious cycle of homelessness.”

Last year, Bennet and Hickenlooper secured $4 million for the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless in the Fiscal Year 2023 federal funding bill.