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FYI VOUCHERS FOR THE FOSTER YOUTH TO INDEPENDENCE INITIATIVE​

    The Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) initiative makes Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) assistance available to Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) in partnership with Public Child Welfare Agencies (PCWAs).  Under FYI, PHAs provide housing assistance on behalf of:

    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 Section 475(5)(H) of the Social Security Act, and are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless at age 16 or older.

    As required by statute, an FYI voucher issued to such a youth may only be used to provide housing assistance for the youth for a maximum of 36 months.

    In addition to providing up to 36 months of rental assistance, youth must be provided supportive services to assist the young person on their path to self-sufficiency.

    HUD makes FYI available in two ways:

    • Non-Competitive:  PHAs may request assistance on a rolling basis under Notice PIH 2021-26.  See the notice for an explanation of eligibility and application requirements. 
    • (Closed) Competitive: On January, 19, 2021, HUD published the FYI Competitive Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).  The deadline to apply was 3/22/2021.  See the NOFA for an explanation of NOFA requirements.