HUD Issues Family Unification Program NOFA for New Housing Vouchers

Funding Will be up to to $20,000,000 to be Awarded to About 40 Public Housing Authorities

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released its 2019 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) application for the Family Unification Program (FUP).

NOFA applications are due on December 17, 2019 and the NOFA makes available total funding up to $20,000,000. HUD states that it expects to make approximately 40 awards throughout the NOFA awards.

FUP provides Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV) provide affordable housing opportunities to two different populations – families and youth. FUP is a housing resource for integrating housing and services, including supportive housing, for families involved in child welfare systems due to unstable housing.

Additionally, this housing resource is an important part of providing assistance to many youth, ages 18-24, who have aged out of foster care or will be aging out of foster care and are experiencing homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Public housing authorities (PHA) may apply for FUP funding. PHAs may couple FUP youth vouchers with HUD’s Family Self Sufficiency Program.  PHAs administer the FUP vouchers in partnership with Public Child Welfare Agencies (PCWAs) who refer families and youth to the PHAS to determine eligibility for the vouchers.  PHAs interested in administering FUP vouchers must sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with their partner agency in order to apply to HUD in response to the NOFA. 

Prior to 2008, five New Jersey public housing authorities – Jersey City, Paterson, Cateret, the Township of Lakewood and Monmouth County were awarded a total of almost 600 FUP vouchers. This NOFA shares information about how to learn more about and apply for the funding opportunity.

This new FUP NOFA is just one of the variety of funding opportunities to fund initiatives to end homelessness that HUD has made available in 2019.