As one of seven communities selected to participate in Heartland Alliance’s Pathways Forward Challenge, the City of Boston was awarded $75,000 to coordinate efforts across multiple agencies and nonprofit organizations to increase employment for youth experiencing homelessness.

The grant will be used over a two-and-a-half year period to convene workforce development programs, housing and homelessness service agencies, and youth with lived experience of homelessness. The goal is to ensure that Boston’s workforce development ecosystem is meeting the needs of youth and young adults experiencing homelessness and housing instability.

The Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development will work with a variety of partners for this project, including: the City’s Department of Neighborhood Development, the City’s Health and Human Services Cabinet, Boston Youth Action Board, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, and St. Francis House.

The initiative is supported by the National Center on Employment and Homelessness at Heartland Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending chronic unemployment and poverty. The seven communities participating in the challenge will be undertaking various projects to effect systems change around youth homelessness.