Reauthorizition of $200M for the Family Unification Program to Help Foster Youth
On May 16, House Financial Services Committee Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-CA) introduced the “Expanding Housing Opportunities for Foster Youth Act of 2018.” The purpose of this bill is to reauthorize $200 million annually for the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development ‘s (HUD’s) Family Unification Program (FUP).
- FUP helps young people transitioning out of foster care afford adequate housing. It provides subsidized housing vouchers and services.
- The FUP works to both prevent family separation due to lack of adequate housing and help reunite separated families by increasing accessibility to affordable housing.
- The $200 million reauthorization will be used in this multifaceted approach.
President Trump’s FY19 Budget as well as the draft House funding bill fail to provide adequate resources for this current population eligible for FUP. Representative Michael Turner of Ohio has written a bill which falls incredibly short in necessary funding. His recent bill (H.R. 2069) is intended to help youth aging out of foster care but, may cause more harm than good due to harmful work requirements.
Currently, FUP is extremely underfunded, causing serious repercussions across the country.
According to Ms. Waters, “Homelessness is one of the biggest barriers to economic mobility, and research shows that more than one out of every four foster youth who age out of foster care will experience homelessness by age 21.”
- The “Expanding Housing Opportunities for Foster Youth Act of 2018” demonstrates potential to help the aging foster youth as well as their families.
- Although it demonstrates potential, it still needs support. Contact your elected official today to let them know that you support this bill.
- Click here to email or call your representative to voice your support for the FUP funding.
On July 25th, a Congressional Reception will be held at the Dirksen Senate Auditorium in Washington D.C. This event will allow New Jersey Residents who are working poor, below the poverty line and or impacted by homelessness to urge their elected officials in Washington to make No Cuts to Housing and remind them that Opportunity Starts at Home.
Click here for more information about the Congressional Reception. You can also follow @OppStartsatHome in order to learn more about the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s Opportunity Starts at Home Campaign. Follow the event with these hashtags #NJHillDay #NoHousingCuts and @OppStartsatHome.