FYI VOUCHERS FOR THE YOUTH TO INDEPENDENCE INITIATIVEā€‹
A picture containing a house with the letters F. Y. I. and the numbers 2.0.  This is the image used for the Foster Youth to Independence 2.0. PowerPoint presentation on October 6, 2020.
A picture containing a house with the letters F. Y. I. inside and the numbers 2.0 outside.  
The image displays the Foster Youth to Independence 2.0. initiative issued on October 6, 2020, through Notice PIH 2020-28.

 

(NEW) Notice PIH 2020-28 supersedes Notice PIH 2019-20 (HA).  Through the Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) initiative HUD will provide Housing Choice Vouchers (HCVs) for youth eligible under the Family Unification Program (FUP), subject to availability.  These vouchers are referred to as FYI vouchers.

Eligibility

Youth eligibility language has been revised to explicitly reference the ā€œ16 or olderā€ requirement in item 3 below.

  1. Has attained at least 18 years and not more than 24 years of age;
  2. 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
  3. Is homeless or is at risk of becoming homeless at age 16 or older.

Eligibility is not limited to single persons. For example, pregnant and/or parenting youth are eligible to receive assistance under this notice assuming they otherwise meet eligibility requirements.

Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) are eligible if they currently administer the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program and have an existing ACC with HUD for HCVs.

Notice PIH 2020-28 explains the eligibility and application requirement for funding, in addition to describing how applications will be processed.

Questions Regarding FYI Vouchers

If you have questions regarding Notice PIH 2020-28 first check HUDā€™s responses to frequently asked questions here: FYI FAQs. If your question has not been answered in the FAQ, you may email your question to FYI@hud.gov.

Individual Requests

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/.

Webinar Upcoming

Resource links:

Summary of FYI Notice

Chart of Changes from PIH Notice 2019-20 

FYI Voucher Sample Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) 

FYI Vouchers Sample Email Request for Assistance 

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:

Part 1: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/cb/resource/child-welfare-podcast-housings-part1
Part 2: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/cb/resource/child-welfare-podcast-housings-part2

Youth.gov is the the U.S. government website that helps you create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs.  Transition & Aging Out is one of the many youth topics on Youth.gov. 

(NEW) Fact Sheet for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth program

 

 

Contact Us

If your question has not been answered in the FAQ, you may email your question to FYI@hud.gov