Family Unification Program (FUP)


The Family Unification Program (FUP) is a program under which Housing Choice Vouchers (HCVs) are provided to two different populations:

1. Families for whom the lack of adequate housing is a primary factor in:
          a. The imminent placement of the family’s child or children in out-of-home care, or
          b. The delay in the discharge of the child or children to the family from out-of-home care. 
      There is no time limitation on FUP family vouchers.

2. (NEW) For a period not to exceed 36 months, otherwise eligible youths who have attained at least
      18 years and not more than 24 years of age and who have 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 is homeless or is at risk of becoming homeless at age 16 or older.

PHAs administer the FUP in partnership with Public Child Welfare Agencies (PCWAs) who are responsible for referring FUP families and youths to the PHA for determination of eligibility for rental assistance.  Once the PCWA makes the referral the PHA places the FUP applicant on its waiting list, determines whether the family or youth meets HCV program eligibility requirements, and conducts all other processes relating to voucher issuance and administration.

In addition to rental assistance, supportive services must be provided by the PCWA to FUP youths for the entire 18 months in which the youth participates in the program; examples of the skills targeted by these services include money management skills, job preparation, educational counseling, and proper nutrition and meal preparation.

FUP Fact Sheet: provides general program information for individuals who are interested in obtaining a FUP voucher. 

FUP PHAs and PHA Contact Information

FUP PHAs: provides a list of PHAs that administer the FUP program.  FUP funding is allocated through a competitive process; therefore, not all PHAs administer the program.  Individuals who are interested in obtaining a FUP voucher may utilize this list to identify whether there is a PHA in their area that administers FUP.  For contact information for all PHAs by State, not only PHAs that administer FUP, click here. (Updates of PHAs funded under the FUP NOFA for Fiscal Years 2017 and 2018 are not included.  HUD will be publishing revised FUP PHAs.)

FUP Youth and Family Self-Sufficiency Program Demonstration

(The deadline for applications to participate in the demonstration closed on Friday, July 15, 2016.)

In the FY2015 Appropriations Act for HUD, Congress authorized a demonstration to test the effectiveness of combining Housing Choice Vouchers for eligible youth lacking adequate housing under the Family Unification Program (FUP) with assistance under the Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) program.  

Related Notices and Guidance

  • FUP Questions and Answers (QAs) provides answers to specific policy questions about FUP.
    • (The QAs do not reflect the changes to FUP made by the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016 or the provisions of the Family Unification Program Notice of Funding Availability for Fiscal Years 2017 and 2018. HUD will be publishing revised QAs.)
  • Promising Strategies for FUP  Administrators: Examples of Processes from Family Unification Programs at 6 PHAs/PCWAs
  • Notice PIH 2011-52 (HA): Reporting, Turnover, and Other Requirements for the Family Unification Program



Related Information

Other Resources

Jump to...
Helpful Tools