Programs and Policies for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

HUD Releases Report with Inventories and Data

Programs and Policies for Youth Aging Out of Foster CareOn May 27, 2014, the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released Housing for Youth Aging out of Foster Care. The report inventories existing federal, state, and local housing programs available to youth aging out of foster care.

Key findings include:

  • 11% and 37% of youth aging out of foster care experience homelessness, and
  • Between 25% and 50% experience other forms of housing instability.

The report identifies key HUD programs that have the capacity to assist youth as they age out of the foster care system:

  • Public housing,
  • Vouchers,
  • The Continuum of Care homelessness assistance programs, and
  • The Family Unification Program (FUP)

The study focuses on how public housing agencies (PHAs) use FUP, a special-purpose voucher program targeted to two populations:

  • Youth exiting foster care who lack adequate housing, for whom FUP vouchers provide up to 18 months of rental subsidy and supportive services and
  • Families for whom the lack of adequate housing is a primary factor in the imminent placement of the family’s child or children in out-of-home care, or a delay in the discharge of the child or children to the family from out-of-home care.

No new funds have been available for FUP since Congress appropriated $15 million in FY10.

Click here for the full report.