Monday, October 18, 2010

Housing and Child Welfare: Funding from HUD

In August, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $20 million in grants to support the Family Unification Program, a partnerships between public housing authorities (PHAs) and local child welfare agencies across the country. The Family Unification Program supports families in the child welfare system by connecting them with stable housing in order to reunite children with their parents and to provide affordable housing and support to young people leaving foster care.

H.U.D recently announced $15 million in new grants to support the Family Unification Program. PHA’s have until December 1, 2010 to apply for the new Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers for the program. The National Center for Housing and Child Welfare is holding a conference from Nov. 15-16, 2010 to learn about creating or maintaining successful Family Unification Program partnerships and to learn more about applying for the funding.

To learn more about the way that housing security intersects with child welfare visit The National Resource Center for Permanency and Child Welfare; they provide a list of resources on the topic.

For strategies to support youth transitioning from foster care visit our homepage to sign-up for e-mail updates on results-based policy regarding youth in transition- coming soon!

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