(August 18, 2022)
SAN ANTONIO – In late July, The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded nearly $621,000 to 14 public housing agencies in 12 states to provide housing assistance to youth who are aging out of foster care and are experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness.
From that $621,000, the Housing Authority of Bexar County received $66,512. The funding, awarded through HUD’s Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) Program secured 25 vouchers to house foster youth in Bexar County.
“Providing housing and supportive services to young people aging out of foster care is critical to their long-term stability and success,” said HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge in a press release. “The Foster Youth to Independence Initiative fills a longstanding gap in support for young people who are transitioning out of foster care. With these funds, communities can strengthen efforts to meet the housing needs of at-risk youth and provide them with supported services needed to thrive.”
Currently, HABC has one FYI participant, and 13 others are being processed.
For local foster youth to secure a voucher, HABC is working with HUD and local foster agencies.
According to a 2013 study from the National Library of Medicine, up to 46% of former foster youth experience homelessness by age 26. An article from txchildren.org states that 1,200 youths age out of foster care yearly.