Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) vouchers provide dedicated rental assistance to support youth in two situations: youth exiting foster care who are at risk of homelessness, and youth who have become homeless (or at risk of homelessness) after having been in foster care. Public Housing Authorities (PHAs), child welfare agencies, and homeless service providers all play important roles in putting these vouchers to use: PHAs work with child welfare agencies to administer these vouchers, while providers can support successful housing placements by:
- identifying eligible youth;
- providing rich and tailored support;
- providing housing expertise; and
- improving program implementation.
Throughout this process, providers should elevate the voices of those with lived experience and their allies to ensure the necessary support is in place for PHAs and child welfare agencies to leverage these resources. Learn how your community can take advantage of this critical resource with the suite of materials below.
An interactive map documenting the rate of PHA Participation across states is forthcoming.
The Alliance welcomes input from local partners now accessing utilizing FYI vouchers to prevent and end youth homelessness so those lessons can be translated to the larger field. Please feel free to reach out to Sharon McDonald and Malik Rivers with local insights and experiences.