U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: Family Unification Program
The Family Unification Program (FUP) is a program under which housing assistance is provided under the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program in partnership with Public Child Welfare Agencies (PCWAs) to two groups:
- Families for whom the lack of adequate housing is a primary factor in the imminent placement of the family’s child, or children, in out-of-home care; or the delay in the discharge of the child, or children, to the family from out-of-home care.
- Youth at least 18 years and not more than 24 years of age (have not reached their 25th birthday) who left foster care, or will leave foster care within 90 days, in accordance with a transition plan described in the Social Security Act, and are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless at age 16 or older. As required by statute, a FUP voucher issued to such a youth may only be used to provide housing assistance for the youth for a maximum of 36 months.
- Increase coordination between public housing agencies (PHAs), PCWAs, and Continuums of Care (CoCs)
- Leverage data to strategically target and prioritize the use of resources for eligible families and youth
- Strengthen connections to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) Program or similar programs promoting self-sufficiency
- Increase access to supportive services
Amount: Approximately $20,000,000 is available to fund up to 40 awards. PHAs may apply for no fewer than three vouchers (minimum award). The maximum number of vouchers that a PHA may be awarded will be based upon the size of the PHA and the identified need for such vouchers (the number of vouchers projected that will be needed to assist FUP-eligible families and FUP-eligible youth over a 12-month period) as reported below:
- Fewer than 500 HCVs: 25 vouchers or identified need, if lower than indicated cap
- 500 – 1,999 HCVs: 50 vouchers or identified need, if lower than indicated cap
- 2,000 – or more HCVs: 75 vouchers or identified need, if lower than indicated cap
Eligibility: Only PHAs that have an existing Annual Contributions Contract (ACC) with HUD for HCVs are eligible to apply for funding. Eligible PHAs must have demonstrated a commitment to administer FUP, which shall be verified by an executed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the PHA, PCWA, and CoC.
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