Several of FYSB's APP grantees have submitted questions related to flexibilities in programming, data collection, and the use of federal awarded funds in light of the COVID-19 situation. To address APP grantees' specific programmatic questions and concerns, FYSB has provided responses to several frequently asked questions.
Beginning in FY2015, all Runaway and Homeless Youth Program grantees were required to begin using HMIS, operated by their local U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-funded Continuum of Care, or CoC, for all data reporting to the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB). FYSB refers to the expanded system as RHY-HMIS. These frequently asked questions should aid in that reporting.
The National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families, FYSB’s free information service, offers two video-based “Guides to Building a Youth ProgramVisit disclaimer page .” The first online training walks users through major decisions related to starting a nonprofit agency and links to helpful documents they can use in that process. The second describes ways to use blogs, videos, and social media to connect with communities and get the word out.
When programs apply for FYSB funding, they must show how they will serve LGBTQ youth needs in their program design. This includes creating an inclusive environment and establishing and publicizing policies that prohibit harassment based on race, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity (or expression), religion, and national origin.