This week, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it will make $5 million available in new Family Unification Program (FUP) voucher assistance for youth and families who lack safe and adequate housing.
Through FUP, public housing authorities ( PHAs ) partner with public child welfare agencies ( PCWAs ) and Continuums of Care ( CoCs ) to provide housing choice voucher (HCV) assistance to two groups:
- Families for whom the lack of adequate housing is a primary factor in the imminent placement of the family's child, or children, in out-of-home care; or the delay in the discharge of the child, or children, to the family from out-of-home care; and
- Youth at least 18 years and not more than 24 years of age (have not reached their 25th birthday) who left foster care, or will leave foster care within 90 days, in accordance with a transition plan described in Section 475(5)(H) of the Social Security Act, and are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless at age 16 or older.
This funding opportunity will help strengthen coordination among PHAs, PCWAs, and CoCs; and it will increase access to supportive services for people who need them.
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