May 12, 2022

HUD: Over $1.4 Million in Housing Assistance Awarded for Foster Youth During National Foster Care Month

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced over $1.4 million in housing assistance through the Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) initiative for youth transitioning out of foster care who are experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness. May marks National Foster Care Month, a time to renew the commitment to ensuring all young people who are or have been in foster care have the support and resources they need to thrive.

“The Foster Youth to Independence initiative fills a longstanding gap in support for young people who are transitioning out of foster care,” said Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. “I am proud of the award-winning Foster Youth to Independence program, which provides stability and hope to young people aging out of foster care. During National Foster Care Month, we recognize the challenges young people face in the foster care system and recommit to improving housing outcomes for our nation’s foster youth.”

In October 2021, HUD’s Foster Youth to Independence team was awarded the prestigious 2021 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal (“Sammies”) for the creation and management of the innovative FYI program, which has achieved significant accomplishments in efficient, effective, and results-oriented government.

Over the past year, the Foster Youth to Independence Initiative has awarded $12.7 million in 45 states to provide 18- to 24-year-olds who are aging out or have aged out of foster care with rental assistance and other supportive services so they can work toward their educational and employment goals and reach self-sufficiency.

In January, HUD published a notice in the Federal Register implementing and providing guidance on Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities (FSHO). Under FSHO, foster youth will be able to receive up to an additional 24 months of voucher assistance, for a maximum of 60 months. The program also provides supportive services.

The funding awarded today will provide up housing vouchers and assist youth in accessing housing stability. To be eligible for FYI funding, public housing authorities must:

The following states have been awarded funding:

CASan Luis ObispoHousing Authority of the City of San Luis Obispo$10,695
FLDeerfield BeachHousing Authority of the City of Deerfield Beach$128,730
GABrunswickHousing Authority of the City of Brunswick$8,225
INEast ChicagoHousing Authority of the City of East Chicago$117,358
INElkhartHousing Authority of the City of Elkhart$14,072
INNoblesvilleNoblesville Housing Authority$21,498
MABostonBoston Housing Authority$151,543
MDHagerstownHagerstown Housing Authority$40,952
MDRockvilleRockville Housing Enterprises$58,760
MEPortlandPortland Housing Authority$23,595
MNSt. PaulMetropolitan Council$106,964
MOColumbiaBoone County Public Housing Agency$10,452
NHDoverDover Housing Authority$9,089
NMSocorroEl Camino Real Housing Authority$13,486
OHSanduskyErie Metropolitan Housing Authority$6,683
OREugeneHousing Authority & Comm Services Agency of Lane County$26,761
RIProvidenceEast Providence Housing Authority$237,990
TXFabensEl Paso County Housing Authority$154,431
TXLongviewLongview Housing Authority$72,492
TXPharrPharr Housing Authority$4,960
TXRosenbergHousing Authority of the City of Rosenberg$58,775
TXSan BenitoSan Benito Housing Authority$5,881
WABremertonHousing Authority of the City of Bremerton$107,072
WABellinghamHousing Authority City of Bellingham$18,444
WIJanesvilleJanesville Neighborhood Services$24,247
WVPoint PleasantHousing Authority of the City of Pt. Pleasant$4,240

For more information on the FYI program, please visit:

This post was originally published here.