How Communities Are Addressing the Housing Needs of Transitioning Foster Youth
Chapin Hall is working in collaboration with Mathematica Policy Research to examine how communities are addressing the housing needs of youth aging out of foster care using FUP vouchers as well as other approaches. The study, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), includes several components: a literature review and housing program typology; a web-based survey of Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) and Public Child Welfare Agencies (PCWAs) in communities with FUPs; site visits to three communities with FUPs that serve youth and to four communities with innovative housing programs; and a monograph about the FUP.
About the Family Unification Program (FUP)
Since 1992, the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Family Unification Program (FUP) has been providing Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers to families whose children have been placed in foster care, are at imminent risk of foster care placement, or cannot be returned to their home due to a lack of adequate housing. In 2000, eligibility for FUP housing vouchers was extended to former foster youth, ages 18 to 21, whose housing is inadequate and who were at least 16 years old when they exited foster care. FUP-eligible youth are provided with a number of mandatory services, including basic life-skills training, employment preparation, and educational or career counseling but are limited to a maximum of 18 months of housing assistance through the FUP.