Prioritizing Foster Youth for Housing Vouchers

U.S. House bill: H.R. 2069 — Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act

Committees:

Financial Services

Status:

Referred to committee

Cosponsors:

30 (see all cosponsors)

Rep. Marino, Tom [R-PA-10]

Rep. Hill, J. French [R-AR-2]

Rep. Moore, Gwen [D-WI-4]

Rep. Bass, Karen [D-CA-37]

Rep. Stivers, Steve [R-OH-15]     

Rep. Cicilline, David N. [D-RI-1] 

Rep. Cole, Tom [R-OK-4]              

Rep. Knight, Stephen [R-CA-25]

Rep. Evans, Dwight [D-PA-2]

Rep. Comstock, Barbara [R-VA-10]

Rep. Faso, John J. [R-NY-19]

Rep. Meeks, Gregory W. [D-NY-5]

Rep. MacArthur, Thomas [R-NJ-3]

Rep. Bacon, Don [R-NE-2]

Rep. Peters, Scott H. [D-CA-52]

Rep. Renacci, James B. [R-OH-16]

Rep. Upton, Fred [R-MI-6]

Rep. Calvert, Ken [R-CA-42]

Rep. Carson, Andre [D-IN-7]

Rep. Davidson, Warren [R-OH-8]

Rep. Denham, Jeff [R-CA-10]

Rep. Brady, Robert A. [D-PA-1]

Rep. Johnson, Bill [R-OH-6]

Rep. Fitzpatrick, Brian K. [R-PA-8]

Rep. Davis, Rodney [R-IL-13]

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

Rep. Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX-18]

Rep. Smucker, Lloyd [R-PA-16]

Rep. Walters, Mimi [R-CA-45]

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, but the approach is not ideal.

The bill prioritizes housing vouchers to youth exiting foster care. It imposes “self-sufficiency” requirements which could put the most vulnerable youth, who are most likely to have difficulty meeting such requirements, at risk of losing housing benefits and becoming homeless.

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. However, the Alliance does not support conditioning housing assistance on participation in any program.

Summary

This bill prioritizes housing assistance (HUD Housing Choice Vouchers) for youth who have aged out of foster care and are at significant risk for becoming homeless. The bill includes a “self-sufficiency requirement” which directs PHAs to require youth to engage in education or training programs or other mandatory conditions to maintain their housing assistance.

 

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