The Family Unification Program was first authorized by Congress 28 years ago. It aims to both prevent the separation of families and reunite families in the foster care system, due to lack of adequate housing.
FUP vouchers aim to help families and individuals afford housing by providing subsidies.
Eligible families are those who are in danger of losing their children to foster care or who are unable to regain custody due to lack of adequate housing.
Youth eligible for the FUP program are between the ages of 18 and 21, who were in foster care any time after the age of 16 or are currently homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Applications for this year’s vouchers are due July 24, 2018.
This webinar educated local public housing authorities, public child welfare agencies, and homelessness response system partners on how to best maximize these vouchers. It included a walkthrough of key components of the FUP program. The webinar covered a multitude of topics including:
How to maximize FUP vouchers
How to help former foster youth transition into adulthood
Understanding the requirements for FUP vouchers
Learning about how local Public Housing Agencies are helping to increase FUP vouchers
If you missed the webinar, there are still many opportunities to get the information that was discussed.
In April 2018, HUD announced funding for $30 million new FUP Vouchers, which is a victory for low-income families in New Jersey and across the United Sates.
In 2010, only approximately $15 million was granted in FUP Vouchers. In the past 8 years, federal FUP funding has doubled.
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.