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An extensive list of coronavirus resources for low-income households can be found here.

What is the Foster Youth to Independence initiative?


Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) is an initiative to provide housing assistance and supportive services to at-risk young adults aging out of foster care. The FYI initiative was announced in July 2019 as a result of a meeting between HUD Secretary Ben Carson and the Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities (FSHO) Coalition led by ACTION Ohio and the National Center for Housing and Child Welfare.

Under this initiative, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will provide additional funding to public housing authorities (PHAs) to prevent homelessness in young adults aged 18 to 25.

The FYI initiative is similar to a provision in the existing Family Unification Program (FUP). As a result, PHAs participating in the FUP are not eligible for the Foster Youth to Independence initiative. The FYI initiative gives HUD the authority to strategically allocate funding to rural and under-served communities.

Details on eligibility and policy procedures for the FYI initiative were issued by HUD in Notice PIH 2019-20(HA).

More FAQs from Low Income Households

  • How do I file a complaint to HUD about being mistreated by a managing housing office?
  • How many bedrooms am I eligible for?
  • How much would my rent be?
  • Can I be evicted if my HUD apartment is sold?
  • Can I smoke in my apartment?