July 27, 2022

HUD: $621,000 Announced to Keep Former Foster Youth Housed

14 Public Housing Agencies in 12 States receiving funding to prevent homelessness faced by youth involved in the child welfare system

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced the awarding of nearly $621,000 to 14 public housing agencies (PHAs) in 12 states to provide housing assistance to youth who are aging out of foster care and are experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness. The funding, awarded through HUD’s Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) Program, will make available 60 Housing Choice Vouchers (HCVs) to these PHAs.

“Providing housing and supportive services to young people aging out of foster care is critical to their long-term stability and success,” said HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge. “The Foster Youth to Independence Initiative fills a longstanding gap in support for young people who are transitioning out of foster care. With these funds, communities can strengthen efforts to meet the housing needs of at-risk youth and provide them with supported services needed to thrive.”

HUD’s Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) Initiative provides housing assistance and supportive services to young people with a child welfare history who are at-risk-of or experiencing homelessness.

To be eligible for FYI funding, public housing authorities must:

The following states were awarded funding:

CTHousing Authority of The City of NorwalkNorwalk$17,251
CTConnecticut Department of HousingHartford$135,381
FLHousing Authority of Brevard CountyMelbourne$9,565
MAFitchburg Housing AuthorityFitchburg$8,184
MNMetropolitan CouncilSt. Paul$10,696
MSTennessee Valley Regional Housing AuthorityCorinth$10,379
MTHousing Authority of ButteButte$10,480
NJNewark Housing AuthorityNewark$297,048
NMEl Camino Real Housing AuthoritySocorro$6,743
OHErie Metropolitan Housing AuthoritySandusky$6,683
TXHousing Authority of the City of LaredoLaredo$19,036
TXBexar County Housing AuthoritySan Antonio$66,512
WAHousing Authority of the City of BremertonBremerton$10,707
WIJanesville Neighborhood ServicesJanesville$12,123

The Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) initiative makes Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) assistance available to Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) in partnership with Public Child Welfare Agencies (PCWAs). For more information on the FYI program, click here.

On June 6, 2022, HUD published the FYI Competitive Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). The deadline is August 8, 2022.  Eligible PHAs may apply on Grants.gov here.

This post was originally published here.