September 20, 2022

HUD: Nearly $1 Million Awarded to Keep Foster Youth Housed

17 Public Housing Agencies in 11 States Will Use Funding to Prevent Homelessness Among Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded nearly $1 million to 17 Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) in 11 states to provide housing assistance to youth who are transitioning out of foster care and are experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness. The funding was awarded through HUD’s Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) Initiative.

“HUD is committed to serving our nation’s foster youth by ensuring that they have access to safe, stable, and affordable homes,” said Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. “With these funds, Public Housing Agencies can help meet the housing needs of nearly 100 youth who have aged out of the foster care program and are at one of the most pivotal and vulnerable times in their lives.”

The FYI initiative aims to create a community response to homeless youth who have been involved with the child welfare system. FYI makes Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) assistance available to PHAs who have a partnership with public child welfare agencies (PCWA). Under the program PHAs can provide housing assistance to young adult in between the ages of 18 years and not more than 24 years old who left foster care or will leave foster care in the next 90 days and are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Today’s FYI awards come on the one-year anniversary of HUD’s House America initiative to address the homelessness crisis in the U.S. by leveraging the historic resources in the American Rescue Plan through a Housing First approach.

The following recipients have been awarded funding:

CABelmontHousing Authority of the County of San Mateo$340,677
FLMiamiMiami Dade Public Housing and Community Development$183,727
FLWest Palm BeachPalm Beach County Housing Authority$107,230
FLMelbourneHousing Authority of Brevard County$10,174
INJeffersonvilleHousing Authority of the City of Jeffersonville$50,275
MDCentrevilleQueen Anne’s County Housing Authority$9,869
MNGrand RapidsItasca County HRA$17,026
MSJacksonThe Housing Authority of the City of Jackson$6,924
MSAlcornTennessee Valley Regional Housing Authority$5,151
NCDurhamThe Housing Authority of the City of Durham$9,035
NJCamdenHousing Authority of the City of Camden$189,854
PAWilliamsportHousing Authority of the County of Lycoming$6,008
PACarbondaleThe Housing Authority of the City of Carbondale$17,328
TXJasperDeep East Texas Council of Governments$7,027
TXPharrPharr Housing Authority$5,455
TXSan AntonioBexar County Housing Authority$16,976
WABremertonHousing Authority of the City of Bremerton$11,631
 TOTAL $994,367
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