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HUD Announces Additional Assistance to Keep Foster Youth Housed

26 Public Housing Agencies are receiving over $1 million total to prevent homelessness faced by youth involved in the child welfare system

HUD Announces Additional Assistance to Keep Foster Youth Housed

26 Public Housing Agencies are receiving over $1 million total to prevent homelessness faced by youth involved in the child welfare system

 
WASHINGTON, DC—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on Thursday announced that over $1 million has been awarded to public housing agencies (PHAs) across the country to provide housing assistance to youth who are aging out of foster care and are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Twenty-six PHAs in 20 states will receive this funding to continue HUD's efforts to assist young people transitioning out of foster care. In September, through the Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) Competitive Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), HUD awarded over $14 million to 18 PHAs to prevent homelessness among young adults who have aged out, or are close to aging out, of the foster care system.
“Every young person deserves the opportunity to live with housing stability,” said Danielle Bastarache, HUD Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Housing and Voucher Programs. “HUD's Foster Youth to Independence Initiative has made that a reality for hundreds of youth by helping to provide access to housing for those who are aging out of foster care. Our Department is pleased to provide additional funding to public housing agencies across the country so they can support more individuals as they lay the foundation for their future success.”
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.
To be eligible for FYI funding, 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 following states were awarded funding:
State Recipient City Amount
AR Housing Authority of the City of Little Rock Little Rock $            24,162
AZ Flagstaff Housing Authority Flagstaff $            10,318
CA Housing Authority of the City of San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo $            74,865
FL Housing Authority of Brevard County Melbourne $              9,565
FL Hialeah Housing Authority Hialeah $          250,226
IN Noblesville Housing Authority Noblesville $            14,332
MA Boston Housing Authority Boston $            37,886
ME Portland Housing Authority Portland $            35,393
MO Lincoln County Public Housing Agency Bowling Green $            18,202
MO Howell County Public Housing Agency West Plains $            11,073
MS Tennessee Valley Regional Housing Authority Corinth $              5,190
MT Housing Authority of Butte Butte $            10,480
NC Orange County Housing Authority Hillsborough $            39,053
NH Keene Housing Keene $            52,318
NM Housing Authority of the County of San Juan Farmington $              4,782
NM Northern Regional Housing Authority Taos $              5,862
NY Town of Brookhaven, Dept. Of Housing & Human Farmingville $            17,718
NY City of Buffalo Buffalo $              6,422
NY NYS Housing Trust Fund Corporation New York $            11,761
OH Erie Metropolitan Housing Authority Sandusky $              6,683
OH Portage Metropolitan Housing Authority Ravenna $              7,314
PA Housing Authority of the County of Beaver Beaver $              5,256
TX Pharr Housing Authority Pharr $            14,879
VA Va. Beach Dept. Of Hsg & Neighborhood Pres. Virginia Beach $            27,242
VT Burlington Housing Authority Burlington $            71,716
WA Seattle Housing Authority Seattle $          251,346
 

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