|HUD No. 20-040
March 5, 2020
HUD ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL $1.1 MILLION TO PUBLIC HOUSING AUTHORITIES TO ASSIST YOUNG PEOPLE AGING OUT OF FOSTER CARE
*Updated April 14, 2020 to include additional funding
WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson announced an additional $1.1 in funding for HUD's new Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) Initiative. Ten housing authorities will receive this funding, continuing HUD's efforts to assist young adults transitioning out of foster care and who are at risk of homelessness. In January, HUD awarded nearly $500,000 to the FYI Initiative and an additional $260,000 in February, and $410,177 in late March. See chart below of today's funding announcement.
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. FYI, in conglomeration with local resources, will assist communities in ensuring that every young person who has had experience with the child welfare system has access to safe, affordable housing where they are supported to reach self-sufficiency by working toward their education and employment goals.
"The first ever edition of this program worked so well that further federal support for the Foster Youth to Independence initiative is on its way," Secretary Carson said. "Since we introduced the FYI program less than a year ago, we've been able to help a number of young people aging out of foster care to avoid homelessness, and that's an achievement we can all be proud of."
R. Hunter Kurtz, Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing added: "We continue to see direct and immediate effects on the lives of young people receiving these vouchers. A home is the foundation for their future growth and success, and I'm pleased HUD is able to support this population of young people in their development."
These tenant-protection vouchers will go to public housing authorities that do not participate in HUD's Family Unification Program. The 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 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) estimates that more than 20,000 young people age out of foster care each year. The National Center for Housing and Child Welfare (NCHCW) estimates that approximately 25% of these young people experience homelessness within four years of leaving foster care and an even higher share are precariously housed.
The grants HUD is awarding include the following:
|State||Public Housing Authority||City||Amount|
|March 5, 2020 Funding|
|Arkansas||Pulaski County Housing Agency||Little Rock, AR||$147,876|
|California||Alameda County Housing Authority||Hayward, CA||$432,915|
|Florida||Housing Authority Alachua County||Gainesville, FL||$183,870|
|Georgia||Albany Housing Authority||Albany, GA||$160,539|
|Iowa||Council Bluffs Municipal Housing Agency||Council Bluffs, IA||$146,937|
|Missouri||Housing Assistance Program of St. Charles County||O'Fallon, MO||$33,893|
|Montana||Missoula Housing Authority||Missoula, MT||$39,081|
|New York||New York State Housing Trust Fund||New York, NY||$10,651|
|Oregon||Klamath Housing Authority||Klamath Falls, OR||$9,661|
|Texas||Harris County Housing Authority||Houston, TX||$13,557|
|March 31, 2020 Funding|
|Alabama||Housing Authority of The Birmingham District||Birmingham||$7,760|
|California||Housing Authority of County of Marin||San Rafael||$101,173|
|California||Crescent City Housing Authority||Crescent City||$5,501|
|Florida||Housing Authority of Brevard County||Melbourne||$7,427|
|Florida||Housing Authority of The City of Cocoa||Cocoa||$7,025|
|Minnesota||HRA of Bemidji, Minnesota||Bemidji||$9,959|
|Montana||Housing Authority of Billings||Billings||$6,338|
|New Hampshire||Keene Housing||Keene||$19,970|
|Ohio||Portage Metropolitan Housing Authority||Ravenna||$6,981|
|Ohio||Erie Metropolitan Housing Authority||Sandusky||$5,937|
|Oklahoma||Housing Authority Of The City Of Stillwater||Stillwater||$5,688|
|Oregon||Housing Authority Of Clackamas County||Oregon City||$9,831|
|Pennsylvania||Allentown Housing Authority||Allentown||$15,590|
|Texas||San Marcos Housing Authority||San Marcos||$116,362|
|Virginia||Norfolk Redevelopment & Housing Authority||Norfolk||$84,685|
|April 2020 Funding|
|South Dakota||Pennington County Housing and Redevelopment Commission||Rapid City||$23,496|
|Iowa||Cedar Rapids Housing Services||Cedar Rapids||$26,085|
|Maine||Portland Housing Authority||Portland||$9,473|
|Montana||Missoula Housing Authority||Missoula||$26,054|
|New Hampshire||Concord Housing Authority||Concord||$7,080|
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