FYI Competitive NOFA (Closed on 3.22.2021) 


Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) Updates & Partnering Opportunities Webinar 1.27.2021 
             FYI Updates & Partnering Opportunities Webinar 1.27.2021 PowerPoint



The Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) initiative makes Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) assistance available to Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) in partnership with Public Child Welfare Agencies (PCWAs).  Under FYI, PHAs provide housing assistance on behalf of:

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 Competitive 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:

  • Competitive:  On January, 19, 2021, HUD published the FYI Competitive Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).  The deadline to apply is 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 2020-28.  See the notice for an explanation of eligibility and application requirements.

FYI Non-Competitive Resources


If you have questions regarding Notice PIH 2020-28 first check HUD’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

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 

FYI Competitive NOFA


If you have questions regarding the FYI Competitive NOFA please email your question to

Resource Links:

FYI Competitive NOFA

Individual Requests

Individual requests for housing assistance should NOT be sent to 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:

For community resources such as shelters, food pantries, health clinics and clothing, please access HUD's new tool:

Webinar Upcoming

General Resources:

Family Unification Program:

Housing & Child Welfare:

Services for Homeless and Runaway Youth:

ACF two-part podcast on housing and child welfare:

Part 1:
Part 2:

Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Joint Letter is 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 

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



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