Preventing Youth Aging Out of Foster Care from Becoming Homeless

U.S. House bill: H.R. 5833 — Expanding Housing Opportunities for Foster Youth Act of 2018

Committees:

Financial Services

Status:

Referred to committee

Cosponsors:

4 (see all cosponsors)

Rep. Waters, Maxine [D-CA-43]

Rep. Wilson, Frederica S. [D-FL-24]

Rep. Raskin, Jamie [D-MD-8]

Rep. Lawrence, Brenda L. [D-MI-14]

Impact

The bill addresses the problem that more than 1 in 4 of the 21,000 youth who age out of the foster care system each year will experience homelessness, and would expand the number of FUP vouchers targeted to youth aging out of foster care.

Alliance Position: The Alliance supports more vouchers for youth who have been in foster care and need them, and also supports efforts to help youth achieve self-sufficiency.

Summary

The bill authorizes additional appropriations, or spending, for Family Unification Program (FUP) vouchers specifically targeted to youth aging out of the foster care system. FUP provides housing vouchers (from HUD) paired with case management services (from child welfare agencies), and are available for youth in transition from foster care. However, there is currently insufficient funding to serve all foster youth in need.

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