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Congress Redoubles Efforts to House Foster Youth

Authorizing & Appropriations Committees Take Action

Seth Embry, PHADA Policy Analyst

With the affordable housing crisis and homelessness receiving ample attention from policymakers, authorizers and appropriators have aligned and seek to address what one Congressman called “government-created homelessness.” Legislators have built on the existing Family Unification Program (FUP) to provide a more robust platform for youth aging out of foster care to receive assistance in the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program.

Under current law, youth aging out of foster care are eligible for voucher assistance through both FUP and Tenant Protection Vouchers (TPVs). However, youth advocates and HUD point out that 95 percent of FUP vouchers go to families with children, and that until very recently, TPVs had not been largely utilized for that particular population. Through legislation first introduced in 2017, Congress and advocates sought to improve prospects for youth to receive assistance.

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