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HUD No. 20-046
HUD Public Affairs
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Wednesday
April 1, 2020

HUD AWARDS OVER $24 MILLION TO HELP CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE
 

WASHINGTON ā€“ Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $24.4 million to public housing authorities nationwide through the Family Unification Program (FUP). This funding will make more than 1,900 vouchers available for families who are unable to secure affordable housing for their children or dependents, and former foster youth at risk of homelessness.

Housing authorities will work closely with local public welfare agencies to identify former foster youth at risk of facing homelessness and families whose lack of adequate housing is the primary reason their children are in foster care.

ā€œAt HUD, weā€™re committed to ensuring every family has access to safe and affordable housing, said Hunter Kurtz, Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing. ā€œThe funding awarded today gives children an opportunity to live and thrive with their parents.ā€

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 and at risk of homelessness. These vouchers will 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.

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

 

Public Housing Authority
Number of Vouchers
Amount
California Housing Authority of the City & County of SF
30
$1,173,546
  Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
52
$810,645
  Oakland Housing Authority
51
$1,174,612
  Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles
57
$929,891
  County of Sacramento Housing Authority
36
$330,679
  Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara
18
$288,939
  Santa Clara County Housing Authority
48
$1,194,134
  San Diego Housing Commission
75
$997,704
  Santa Cruz County Housing Authority
37
$692,822
  County of Sonoma
59
$1,188,166
  Housing Authority of the County of San Diego
37
$487,858
  Orange County Housing Authority
58
$1,094,265
California Total  
558
$10,363,261
Connecticut Waterbury Housing Authority
36
$321,041
  West Haven Housing Authority
23
$244,611
  Connecticut Department of Housing
75
$921,888
Connecticut Total  
134
$1,487,540
Florida West Palm Beach Housing Authority
67
$1,019,954
  Ocala Housing Authority
26
$149,941
  Seminole County Housing Authority
12
$94,579
  Hialeah Housing Authority
37
$353,255
  Housing Authority of The City Of Homestead
33
$464,666
Florida Total  
175
$2,082,395
Georgia Housing Authority of the City of Newnan
13
$123,905
  Housing Authority of the City of Carrollton
15
$149,850
Georgia Total  
28
$273,755
Iowa City of Dubuque
24
$143,084
Iowa Total  
24
$143,084
Illinois Chicago Housing Authority
73
$942,576
  Rockford Housing Authority
36
$222,251
  Winnebago County Housing Authority
40
$318,840
Illinois Total  
149
$1,483,667
Indiana Housing Authority of the City of New Albany
48
$401,702
  Indiana Housing and Community Development Au
37
$199,147
Indiana Total  
85
$600,849
Kentucky Louisville Metro Housing Authority
36
$292,728
Kentucky Total  
36
$292,728
Minnesota Public Housing Agency of the City of St Paul
75
$844,758
  Housing Authority of St Louis Park, Minnesota
12
$192,802
  Washington County CDA
22
$188,451
Minnesota Total  
109
$1,226,011
North Dakota Fargo Housing and Redevelopment Authority
35
$226,871
North Dakota Total  
35
$226,871
New York NYC Dept of Housing Preservation and Dev
28
$358,546
New York Total  
28
$358,546
Oregon Housing Authority of Portland
56
$666,006
Oregon Total  
56
$666,006
Pennsylvania Philadelphia Housing Authority
75
$824,400
  Housing Authority County of Delaware
42
$496,793
  Housing Authority of the County of Chester
25
$250,368
  Housing Authority of The County of Mckean
12
$52,701
Pennsylvania Total  
154
$1,624,262
Texas Housing Authority of Fort Worth
56
$609,370
Texas Total  
56
$609,370
Utah Housing Authority of the County of Salt Lake
72
$737,078
Utah Total  
72
$737,078
Virginia Portsmouth Redevelopment & Housing Authority
36
$303,389
Virginia Total  
36
$303,389
Washington Housing Authority of King County
100
$1,194,632
  Housing Authority  City of Tacoma
75
$743,814
Washington Total  
175
$1,938,446
TOTAL  
1910
$24,417,258

 

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