Youth Housing Stability Coalition Receives $500,000 Grant

On Wednesday, March 6, The Robins Foundation announced the award of the 2019 Lora M. and E. Claiborne Robins, Sr. Community Innovation Grant of $500,000 to Commonwealth Catholic Charities to support the Youth Housing Stability Project.

Part of the Community Innovation Grant will support a full-time Youth Housing Stability Coalition Coordinator housed at United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg as well as training and stipends for young people with lived experience who provide valuable research and insight to the Coalition. United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg formed the Youth Housing Stability Coalition in 2017 along with Advocates for Richmond Youth and Dr. Alex Wagaman, an assistant professor in the VCU School of Social Work.

The goal of the Youth Housing Stability Coalition is to reduce homelessness and housing instability among youth ages 14-24 in the region.

In the United Way service area, many young people have experienced homelessness at some point in the past twelve months. Even more have experienced housing instability, which includes “couch surfing” and trading sex for shelter. Certain sub-populations, including LGBTQ+ youth, youth of color, refugee/immigrant youth, youth aging out of foster care and parenting youth, are particularly affected by housing instability.

Last fall, the Youth Housing Stability Coalition developed a comprehensive, coordinated Community Response Plan for our region. The plan outlines important steps needed to reduce homelessness and housing instability among Richmond’s young people.

The Robins Foundation’s Community Innovation Grant will enable Advocates for Richmond Youth, Commonwealth Catholic Charities, United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg and other YHSC members to take action on the steps outlined in the Community Response Plan.

Click here to learn more about the Youth Housing Stability Coalition.

Youth Housing & Basic Needs

United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg lists homelessness as a related indicator for the Basic Needs component of its Steps to Success framework. For more information about United Way’s broader efforts to fix the core challenges preventing people from meeting their basic needs, visit our Basic Needs page.

About United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg

United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg empowers individuals and addresses systemic problems to provide everyone with a clear path to success. We do this by conducting research, funding programs and organizations, driving systems-level change and engaging with individuals in 11 localities across the region. Learn more at YourUnitedWay.org.