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HUD No. 18-139
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Wednesday
November 21, 2018

HUD AWARDS $30 MILLION TO HELP CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE


WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $30 million to public housing authorities nationwide, which will work closely with local public welfare agencies to identify youth at risk of homelessness and families whose lack of adequate housing is the primary reason their children are in foster care.

This funding will make 3,000 vouchers available for families who are unable to secure affordable housing for their children or dependents.

“HUD is committed to helping parents and caregivers obtain safe and affordable housing for their families,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “This investment will allow thousands of children to leave the foster care system and live with their families so they have the opportunity to thrive together.”

“With this investment, Secretary Carson takes a major step forward in his plans to ensure that HUD resources provide a platform for strong families and opportunities for self-sufficiency” said Ruth White, Executive Director of the National Center for Housing and Child Welfare. “We applaud the Secretary for leading the way towards interagency collaboration that will reunify thousands of children with their parents, improve the economic prospects for youth leaving foster care, and ultimately reduce costs.”

The funding announced today is offered through HUD's Family Unification Program (FUP), which provides rental assistance to parents struggling to provide adequate housing for their children. Additionally, this funding can be used to help provide stable housing for young adults (ages 18-24) who have aged-out of the foster care system. Like HUD's Housing Choice Vouchers, these vouchers allow families to rent housing from a private landlord and generally pay 30 percent of their monthly adjusted gross income towards rent and utilities.

According to the National Center for Housing and Child Welfare (NCHCW), an affordable housing and child welfare advocacy group, keeping children in foster care is an expensive alternative to affordable housing. On average, it costs more than $48,000 annually per family when children enter foster care. By contrast, housing and services to keep a family together costs approximately $15,000 annually per family. Supportive services for FUP families and youth are provided by agencies funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. A $20 million investment in FUP vouchers saves more than $134 million in foster care costs.

Housing authorities that are awarded vouchers work closely with local public welfare agencies to identify youth at risk of homelessness and children who were placed in foster care due to lack of adequate housing.

Family Unification Program funding will be distributed to the following states:

STATE PUBLIC HOUSING AUTHORITY AMOUNT VOUCHERS
Arizona City of Phoenix Housing Department $811,349 89
City of Mesa $208,665 28
Housing Authority of Maricopa County $260,074 29
City of Tempe Housing Services Division $299,047 30
Arizona Total   $1,579,135 176
California The Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles $966,042 83
Housing Authority of The City of Los Angeles, The $842,616 74
Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara $966,042 74
The Housing Authority of the County of Yolo $212,153 26
Housing Authority of the City of San Luis Obispo $349,148 38
The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz $966,042 58
Community Development Commission of Mendocino County, Housing Authority $156,156 22
Orange County Housing Authority   $754,282 60
California Total   5,212,481 435
Colorado Boulder County Housing Authority $611,940 42
Colorado Total   $611,940                  42
Connecticut Stamford Housing Authority $471,416 28
Bristol Housing Authority $275,303 31
Housing Authority of the City of Hartford $743,831 83
Connecticut Department of Housing $780,514 72
Connecticut Total   $2,271,064 214
District of Columbia District of Columbia Housing Authority $966,042 48
District of Columbia Total   $966,042 48
Florida Jacksonville Housing Authority $562,037 78
The Housing Authority of the City of Tampa $658,874 80
West Palm Beach Housing Authority $726,926 66
Gainesville Housing Authority $308,696 41
Hialeah Housing Authority $720,498 81
Homestead Housing Authority $268,830 28
Florida Total   $3,245,861 374
Georgia Housing Authority of the City of Carrollton $97,318 11
Georgia Total   $97,318 11
Illinois The Chicago Housing Authority $966,042 78
Madison County Housing Authority $122,171 19
Housing Authority of Cook County $857,336 89
Lake County Housing Authority $382,028 45
Illinois Total   $2,327,577 231
Kentucky Kentucky Housing Corporation $425,844 74
Kentucky Total   $425,844 74
Massachusetts Lynn Housing Authority & Neighborhood Development (LHAND) $197,078 15
Massachusetts Total   $197,078 15
Maryland Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County $247,354 18
Baltimore County $820,032 74
Maryland Total   $1,067,387 92
 Michigan Ann Arbor Housing Commission $246,923 32
Michigan State Housing Development Authority $514,152 81
Michigan Total   $761,074 113
Minnesota Housing Authority of St. Louis Park $118,384 15
Washington County Community Development Agency $116,012 15
Minnesota Total   $234,395 30
North Dakota Fargo Housing and Redevelopment Authority $180,936 40
North Dakota Total   $180,936 40
New Hampshire New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority $544,968 64
New Hampshire Total   $544,968 64
New York Ithaca Housing Authority $379,012 41
New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development $728,354 57
New York Total   $1,107,366 98
Ohio Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority $485,311 74
Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority $72,784 12
Ohio Total   $558,096 86
Oregon
 
Home Forward $966,042 88
Central Oregon Regional Housing Authority $200,669 29
Oregon Total   $1,166,711 117
Pennsylvania Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh $556,622 77
Housing Authority of the County of Chester $182,870 21
Bucks County Housing Authority $778,610 82
Pennsylvania Total   $1,518,103 180
Tennessee Memphis Housing Authority $490,137 72
Knoxville's Community Development Corporation $113,183 18
Chattanooga Housing Authority $450,599 70
Tennessee Total   $1,053,919 160
Texas Houston Housing Authority $733,575 85
Housing Authority of Travis County $303,733 34
Texas Total   $1,037,308 119
Virginia Danville Redevelopment and Housing Authority $181,746 27
Loudoun County $136,834 10
Virginia Total   $318,580 37
Vermont Vermont State Housing Authority $598,047 59
Vermont Total   $598,047 59
Washington Housing Authority of City Of Seattle $966,042 75
Housing Authority of the County of King $966,042 61
Housing Authority of the City of Vancouver $565,155 60
Washington Total   $2,497,239 196
Wisconsin Brown County Housing Authority $290,064 52
Eau Claire County Housing Authority $98,422 20
Wisconsin Total   $388,487 72
TOTAL   $29,966,956 3,083

 

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