NYC awarded $15M grant in fight against youth homelessness

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The grant is coming as part of the Youth Homeless Demonstration Project by way of the Department of Housing an Urban Development. Photo credit Gary Gershoff/Getty Images

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A grant carrying $15 million is coming to New York City in order to help address youth homelessness.

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The grant is coming as part of the Youth Homeless Demonstration Project by way of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The money will support a “wide range of new housing and service interventions to prevent and end youth homelessness," according to city officials.

“New York City’s recovery will be driven by all of us, especially young New Yorkers,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “This $15 million award will help us build on our efforts to prevent and end youth homelessness for good.”

The latest funding will focus on vulnerable youth populations, like those of color or in the LGBTQ community.

It’s the latest investment made by the de Blasio administration to help young people get off the streets.

Other work has included creating hundreds of youth beds at the Department of Youth and Community Development and expanding 24-hour youth drop-in centers in all five boroughs.

In July, 11 homeless rights advocates were arrested near City Hall while protesting the transfer of