April 25, 2023

HUD: $5 Million Announced to Help End Youth and Family Homelessness

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it will make available $5 million for new Family Unification Program (FUP) voucher assistance for youth and families who lack safe and adequate housing. This funding opportunity will help strengthen coordination among public housing authorities (PHAs), public child welfare agencies (PCWAs), and Continuums of Care (CoCs) and increase access to supportive services for those who need them.

“This Notice of Funding Opportunity will help strengthen states and localities’ ability to care for families, youth, and individuals with no place to call home,” said HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. “At HUD, we know that housing is critical in ending homelessness, and this funding opportunity helps us continue our mission of getting people into more permanent and stable housing. In addition, this funding will allow PHAs to effectively administer the Family Unification Program for youth and families who need it.”

FUP is a program through which PHAs that partner with PCWAs and CoCs provide Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) assistance to two groups:

PHAs administer the FUP in partnership with PCWAs who are responsible for referring FUP families and youths to the PHA for determination of eligibility for rental assistance. Once the PCWA makes the referral the PHA places the FUP applicant on its waiting list, determines whether the family or youth meets HCV program eligibility requirements, and conducts all other processes relating to voucher issuance and administration.

There is no time limit on FUP vouchers issued to families. FUP vouchers issued to youth are limited to 36 months unless the youth meets the requirements to receive an extension of their voucher assistance under the Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities (FSHO) amendments. Under FSHO, FUP youth may receive up to an additional 24 months of voucher assistance if they meet certain requirements. In addition to rental assistance, supportive services must be provided or secured by the PCWA to FUP youths for 36 months; examples of the skills targeted by these services include money management skills, job preparation, educational counseling, and proper nutrition and meal preparation.

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