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HUD No. 21-207
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Thursday
December 16, 2021

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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