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 nPublic 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/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 and are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless at age 16 or older. 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. Entities eligible to use FUP vouchers include, but are not limited to, PHAs approved for participation in the Family Unification Program and Family Self Sufficiency Demonstration pursuant to Notice PIH 2016-01.
The FUP program solicitation adopts the following policy priorities:
- Leverage coordination with Continuums of Care (CoCs) in the identification and prioritization of FUP-eligible youth
- Leverage the HUD Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program or similar programs for both FUP families and youth
- Reduce submission burden
- Establish a satisfactory FUP utilization baseline for eligibility of new FUP awards
- Promote the provision of supportive services to both FUP-eligible families and FUP-eligible youth
Amount: A total of $30,000,000 is available to make up to 60 awards that range from $44,000-$1,071,000 per project period. The project period is 12 months. Specifically, PHAs may apply for no fewer than 5 units (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, as follows:
- PHA voucher programs with fewer than 500 HCVs: 25 vouchers or identified need, if lower
- PHA voucher programs with 500-1,999 HCVs: 50 vouchers or identified need, if lower
- PHA voucher programs with 2,000 or more HCVs: 100 vouchers or identified need, if lower
- Only PHAs that have an existing Annual Contributions Contract (ACC) with HUD for HCVs are eligible to apply.
- Eligible PHAs must have demonstrated a commitment to administer FUP, which shall be verified by an executed MOU between the PHA, PCWA, and CoC.
- HUD will only consider funding one application per PHA. This one application limit applies regardless of whether the PHA is a state or regional PHA, except in those instances where such a PHA has more than one PHA code number due to its operating under the jurisdiction of more than one HUD Field Office. In such instance, a separate application under each code shall be considered for funding with the cumulative total of vouchers applied for under the applications not to exceed the maximum number of vouchers the PHA is eligible to apply for under this solicitation (i.e., no more than the number of vouchers the same PHA would be eligible to apply for if it had only one PHA code number).
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