HUD's Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) Initiative

HUD's Foster Youth to Independence Initiative targets housing assistance to young people aging out of foster care and who are at extreme risk of experiencing homelessness. The initiative offers housing vouchers to local public housing authorities to prevent or end homelessness among young adults under the age of 25 who are, or have recently left, the foster care system without a home to go to. Read HUD's notice.

Foster Youth to Independence: One Year Anniversary

Foster Youth to Independence: One Year Anniversary (


"The FYI initiative has spanned over 20 states and transformed the lives of young men and women, providing the resources they need to write their own ticket to success."

-HUD Secretary Ben Carson


[Foster to Youth Independence Initiative Map]



Information for Public Housing Authorities

Public Housing Authorities (PHSs) may apply to administer Tenant Protection Vouchers to Eligible Youth by submitting an application to HUD's Office of Housing Voucher Programs (OHVP) at Learn more.

Eligible youth may be referred to the program through public child welfare agencies and Continuums of Care.





[Foster Youth to Independence Event Photos]
[Read Stories of Foster Youth in FYI]


Foster Youth Independence In the News

  • Secretary Carson Announces FYI on CBS This Morning
  • Carson discusses HUD initiative with Portage housing officials (Record-Courier, OH)
  • Assisting youth to reach independence (The Vindicator, OH)
  • HUD Secretary Ben Carson touts foster program (Tribune Chronicle, OH)





Content Archived: February 14, 2022