HUD Announces $12.7 Million Funding for Foster Youth Housing Assistance Program



The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced a $12.7 million funding opportunity for public housing authorities (PHAs). This initiative is part of HUD’s Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) program.

The FYI program aims to support young adults transitioning from foster care by providing housing assistance. It addresses a crucial period of vulnerability for young individuals leaving foster care by offering them Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) assistance in collaboration with Public Child Welfare Agencies (PCWAs).

Andrew Lofton, HUD Northwest Regional Administrator, made the announcement in Seattle. He emphasizes the program’s commitment to facilitating stable housing solutions for at-risk youth. 

Furthermore, the strategic partnership between PCWAs and PHAs seeks to prevent homelessness among this particular group of individuals by ensuring access to stable living conditions. Acting HUD Secretary Adrianne Todman highlighted the importance of this support: "Youth aging out of foster care are particularly vulnerable to homelessness. Every young person deserves a stable, affordable home.”

The FYI vouchers are specifically designed for young adults aged 18 to 24, who are either exiting foster care or at risk of becoming homeless, thereby providing them a safety net during this transitional phase.

The program not only bolsters the housing support framework for young people in need but also exemplifies the national duty of care towards them, as echoed by Richard Monocchio, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing. Through collaborations between PHAs and child welfare systems, the FYI Program offers a foundational support system to foster youth aspiring for a future of independence and stability.

The Seattle Housing Authority (SHA), which has effectively utilized the FYI vouchers, is a testament to the program's efficacy. With nearly 15 years of experience supporting youth transitioning from foster care, SHA has developed a comprehensive service model involving personalized housing, education, and employment support. 

This integrated approach, reinforced by SHA’s successful partnerships, showcases the program's potential to make a meaningful difference in the lives of former foster youths.

If you or someone you know may be eligible for housing assistance through the FYI initiative, we encourage you to reach out and explore your options. Access to stable housing is a critical step towards independence and self-sufficiency. 

Detailed information is available here. Questions regarding the Fiscal Years 2023 and 2024 application process can be directed to FYICompetitive@hud.gov.

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