HUD: Additional Assistance Announced to Keep Foster Youth Housed

26 Public Housing Agencies are receiving over $1 million total to prevent homelessness faced by youth involved in the child welfare system

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on Thursday announced that over $1 million has been awarded to public housing agencies (PHAs) across the country to provide housing assistance to youth who are aging out of foster care and are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Twenty-six PHAs in 20 states will receive this funding to continue HUD’s efforts to assist young people transitioning out of foster care. In September, through the Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) Competitive Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), HUD awarded over $14 million to 18 PHAs to prevent homelessness among young adults who have aged out, or are close to aging out, of the foster care system.

“Every young person deserves the opportunity to live with housing stability,” said Danielle Bastarache, HUD Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Housing and Voucher Programs. “HUD’s Foster Youth to Independence Initiative has made that a reality for hundreds of youth by helping to provide access to housing for those who are aging out of foster care. Our Department is pleased to provide additional funding to public housing agencies across the country so they can support more individuals as they lay the foundation for their future success.”

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:

  • Administer a Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program;
  • Enter into a partnership agreement with a Public Child Welfare Agency (PCWA);
  • Accept young people referred by their partnering PCWA; and
  • Determine that the referred youth are eligible for HCV assistance.

The following states were awarded funding:

StateRecipientCityAmount 
ARHousing Authority of the City of Little RockLittle Rock$24,162
AZFlagstaff Housing AuthorityFlagstaff $10,318
CAHousing Authority of the City of San Luis ObispoSan Luis Obispo $74,865
FLHousing Authority of Brevard CountyMelbourne $9,565
FLHialeah Housing AuthorityHialeah $250,226
INNoblesville Housing AuthorityNoblesville $14,332
MABoston Housing AuthorityBoston $37,886
MEPortland Housing AuthorityPortland $35,393
MOLincoln County Public Housing AgencyBowling Green $18,202
MOHowell County Public Housing AgencyWest Plains $11,073
MSTennessee Valley Regional Housing AuthorityCorinth $5,190
MTHousing Authority of ButteButte $10,480
NCOrange County Housing AuthorityHillsborough $39,053
NHKeene HousingKeene $52,318
NMHousing Authority of the County of San JuanFarmington $4,782
NMNorthern Regional Housing AuthorityTaos $5,862
NYTown of Brookhaven, Dept. Of Housing & HumanFarmingville $17,718
NYCity of BuffaloBuffalo $6,422
NYNYS Housing Trust Fund CorporationNew York $11,761
OHErie Metropolitan Housing AuthoritySandusky $6,683
OHPortage Metropolitan Housing AuthorityRavenna $7,314
PAHousing Authority of the County of BeaverBeaver $5,256
TXPharr Housing AuthorityPharr $14,879
VAVa. Beach Dept. Of Hsg & Neighborhood Pres.Virginia Beach $27,242
VTBurlington Housing AuthorityBurlington $71,716
WASeattle Housing AuthoritySeattle $251,346

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