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.
As required by statute, an FYI voucher issued to such a youth may only be used to provide housing assistance for the youth for a maximum of 36 months.
In addition to providing up to 36 months of rental assistance, youth must be provided supportive services to assist the young person on their path to self-sufficiency.
HUD makes FYI available in two ways:
- (Closed) Competitive: On January, 19, 2021, HUD published the FYI Competitive Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). The deadline to apply was 3/22/2021. See the NOFA for an explanation of NOFA requirements.
- Non-Competitive: PHAs may request assistance on a rolling basis under Notice PIH 2021-26. See the notice for an explanation of eligibility and application requirements.
FYI Non-Competitive Resources
If you have questions regarding Notice PIH 2021-26 first check HUD’s responses to frequently asked questions here: FYI FAQs (updated). If your question has not been answered in the FAQ, you may email your question to FYI@hud.gov.
FYI Competitive NOFA
If you have questions regarding the FYI Competitive NOFA please email your question to FYICompetitive@hud.gov.
FYI Competitive NOFA (Closed)
Individual requests for housing assistance should NOT be sent to FYI@hud.gov. If you are an individual seeking housing assistance, please reach out to your local HUD office and public housing agency (PHA) to learn more about the housing resources and opportunities within your community. For further information on how to locate the nearest HUD office and PHA, please click on the following link: https://resources.hud.gov/.
For community resources such as shelters, food pantries, health clinics and clothing, please access HUD's new tool: https://www.hud.gov/findshelter.
Partnering Opportunities Webinar
Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) Updates & Partnering Opportunities Webinar 1.27.2021
- FYI Updates & Partnering Opportunities Webinar 1.27.2021 PowerPoint
- FYI Updates & Partnering Opportunities Webinar 1.27.2021 Q&As
Family Unification Program: https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/public_indian_housing/programs/hcv/family.
Housing & Child Welfare: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/service-array/housing/childwelfare/.
Services for Homeless and Runaway Youth: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/youth/interventions/homeless-runaway/.
ACF two-part podcast on housing and child welfare:
If your question has not been answered in the FAQ, you may email your question to FYI@hud.gov
Upcoming FYI Webinar Dates &Time
Oct. 19, 2021, 3 - 4PM(EST)
October 20, 2021, 2 - 3PM(EST)
Nov. 16, 2021, 2 - 3PM(EST)
Nov. 17, 2021, 2 - 3PM(EST)
Voucher Program Administration,
Jan. 25, 2022, 2 - 3PM(EST)
Jan. 26, 2021, 2 - 3PM(EDT)
Intro to Child Welfare, (Recording now available)
Aug. 17, 2021, 3 – 4PM(EST)
Aug. 18, 2021, 2 - 3:00 PM(EST)
Partnership Development & Maintenance,
Sept. 21, 2021, 2-3PM(EST)
Sept. 22, 2021, 2:00 - 3:00 PM(EST)(Recording available at the end of the webinar series, if not sooner.)