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2019 fsho fyi overview and implementation

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2019 FSHA presentation: FYI Overview and Implementation

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2019 fsho fyi overview and implementation

  1. 1. About History Eligibility Process Scope FAQs FSHO FYI Tenant Protection Vouchers Overview and Technical Assistance
  2. 2. About History Eligibility Process Scope FAQs The FSHO Coalition, led by Foster ACTION Ohio includes 54,000 foster care alumni and allies. The Coalition works in partnership with the National Center for Housing & Child Welfare, Reps. Turner and Bass, and HUD to combine existing federal programs to eliminate the gaps through which foster youth fall into homelessness.
  3. 3. About History Eligibility Process Scope FAQs The Foster Youth to Independence initiative (FYI) will reduce youth homelessness by targeting housing assistance to youth aging out of foster care.
  4. 4. About History Eligibility Process Scope FAQs FYI will offer tenant-based housing vouchers on-demand to public housing authorities to prevent or end homelessness among young adults under age 25, with a foster care history, including: - foster family homes - foster homes of relatives - group homes, emergency shelters, residential facilities
  5. 5. About History FSHO history Foster Care Alumni have been working with Congress, HUD, & housing experts for years to get FSHO right Sen. Bond adds youth to FUP FUP for families has been an eligible use of HUD’s TPVs since 1990. Youth are added and eligible to receive time-limited (18 mo.) vouchers through FUP. 2000 Youth identify FUP synchronization problems Few youth are referred to FUP because the vouchers are not timed with emancipation. Vouchers are also only available in limited areas of the U.S. 2013 HUD research identifies synchronization problems PHAs & PCWAs report problems making FUP referrals due to the unpredictable nature of FUP voucher availabiltiy 2014 Rep. Leutkemeyer extends FUP to 3 yrs, Sen. Murray creates FUP-FSS DemoYoung people form the FSHO Coalition and begin devising a way to universalize FUP-FSS demo for their brothers & sisters in care 2016 Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act Reps. Turner & Bass, HUD & young people tap FUP TPV eligibility & the FUP-FSS Demo to universalize assistance for all youth leaving care 2019
  6. 6. About History Eligibility Process Scope FAQs The Public Child Welfare Agency will certify that the youth is at least 18 years old and not more than 24 years old (has not reached his/her 25th birthday), that he/she left foster care at age 16 or older or will leave foster care within 90 days, in accordance with a transition plan, and is homeless or at risk of homelessness.
  7. 7. About History Eligibility Process Scope FAQs If your state has extended foster care supports until age 21, the FSHO Coalition recommends that you use this route first. Then, refer the young person to FYI within 30 days of their 21st birthday. This makes best use of existing resources and provides a continuum of supports between age 18-25, to support the young person’s success.
  8. 8. About History Eligibility Process Scope FAQs Step 1 PCWA files paperwork with PHA, 6 months ahead of time. Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 PHA requests the FYI TPV from HUD HUD dispenses the FYI vouchers “on demand.” PHA administers FUP-FSS to landlord and youth. PCWA assists with landlord recruitment and The FYI voucher process
  9. 9. About History Eligibility Process Scope FAQs Step 1 Transition Plan Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Smooth referral Housing success Move towards independen ce The FSHO vision
  10. 10. About History Eligibility Process Scope FAQs The FYI process 1.) First, all public child welfare agencies (PCWAs) should establish a point of contact at their local public housing authority (PHA) and begin to develop a relationship with their peers at that organization.
  11. 11. About History Eligibility Process Scope FAQs The FYI process 2.) Next, public child welfare agencies (PCWAs) use a variety of independent living funding sources to prepare young people who are likely to reach adulthood in state care, such as: - Chafee funds - Work Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds
  12. 12. About History Eligibility Process Scope FAQs The FYI process 3. As young people move along this continuum of services, public child welfare agency (PCWA) staff should monitor if a young person is at risk of homelessness and interested in the stability of renting their own apartment.
  13. 13. About History Eligibility Process Scope FAQs The FYI process 4.) If it is the case that a young person will not be able to afford to rent an apartment without a government subsidy then, the public child welfare agency (PCWA) staff will notify their peer at the local public housing authority (PHA) about three to six months prior to emancipation that the young person is eligible for and
  14. 14. About History Eligibility Process Scope FAQs The FYI process 5. Public child welfare agencies (PCWAs) should also begin to forecast and predict how many young people will need vouchers within their caseload so that they can request vouchers in batches from their local public housing authority (PHA).
  15. 15. About History Eligibility Process Scope FAQs The National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) report indicates that 20% of 19-year-old alumni (1,576) and 28% of 21-year-old alumni (1,991) experience homelessness.
  16. 16. About History Eligibility Process Scope FAQs Given these figures, the FSHO Coalition estimates that approximately 2,000 youth people who are leaving foster care could benefit from FYI/FUP for youth.
  17. 17. About History Eligibility Process Scope FAQs 1. Why is HUD targeting former foster youth? Former foster youth are at high risk for homelessness. FYI provides a platform to help them achieve self- sufficiency. Frequently Asked Questions
  18. 18. About History Eligibility Process Scope FAQs 2. How will ongoing training about FYI be provided? HUD is sending out FAQs and hosting a webinar. The FSHO Coalition will provide additional technical assistance training regionally across the nation for public housing authorities and public child welfare agencies. Frequently Asked Questions
  19. 19. About History Eligibility Process Scope FAQs 3. How many vouchers will be made available? HUD has not set a cap on the number of vouchers that will be provided under this initiative. Frequently Asked Questions
  20. 20. About History Eligibility Process Scope FAQs 4. What are the steps to apply? The public child welfare agency (PCWA) and public housing authority (PHA) formalize a partnership. The PCWA refers specific youth to the PHA, who then requests a FYI Tenant Protection Frequently Asked Questions
  21. 21. About History Eligibility Process Scope FAQs 5. Can public housing authorities collaborate with more than one public child welfare agency? Yes, they just need to establish a partnership agreement with each public child welfare agency, in order to administer FYI Tenant Frequently Asked Questions
  22. 22. About History Eligibility Process Scope FAQs 6. Can youth referrals come from agencies other than public child welfare agencies? Yes, but they need to partner with their local public child welfare agency in order to confirm the young person’s eligibility. Frequently Asked Questions
  23. 23. About History Eligibility Process Scope FAQs 7. What documentation is the public housing authority required to have on file regarding the eligibility determination? All they need to maintain is just the referral or certification from the public child welfare agency. Full Frequently Asked Questions
  24. 24. About History Eligibility Process Scope FAQs 8. Can the 36-month time limit on an FYI voucher be waived? No, due to statutory requirements (1937 U.S Housing Act, Section 8x). Public housing authorities can work with their local public housing authorities to develop transition plans for participating youth. Frequently Asked Questions
  25. 25. About History Eligibility Process Scope FAQs 9. Under what circumstances can a public housing authority terminate an FYI Tenant Protection Voucher? This must be consistent with HCV regulations (24 CFR Part 982, Subpart L). Frequently Asked Questions
  26. 26. About History Eligibility Process Scope FAQs 10. Are administrative fees available for administration of FYI Tenant Protection Vouchers? Yes. Administrative fees are paid based on the number of units under leave. Frequently Asked Questions
  27. 27. About History Eligibility Process Scope FAQs 1. Since FYI vouchers are for individuals, what happens if a youth gives birth after she has leased up under an FYI Tenant Protection Voucher? She would still be eligible for the full 36 months of assistance. Handling Specific Scenarios
  28. 28. About History Eligibility Process Scope FAQs 2. Can FYI Tenant Protection Vouchers be used in shared housing situations? Yes. If a foster youth shares a two-bedroom unit with shared common space, the voucher can be used for their half of the rent. Or two former foster youth who each have vouchers could room Handling Specific Scenarios
  29. 29. About History Eligibility Process Scope FAQs 3. Can a public housing authority absorb a FYI TPV youth into its regular Housing Choice Voucher program? Yes, and if they do so, that young person would become a regular HCV participant, with none of the limitations of a FYI TPV. Handling Specific Scenarios
  30. 30. About History Eligibility Process Scope FAQs 4. Can a public housing authorities restrict the portability for youth for the first year or for the full months of assistance? No. The PHA may not restrict or deny portability for any reason other than those specified by existing Housing Choice Voucher regulations. Handling Specific Scenarios
  31. 31. About History Eligibility Process Scope FAQs 5. What if the young person wants to move, while maintaining their FYI voucher? Do they have to move to a jurisdiction that administers FYI TPVs? No. The existing voucher moves with them. Handling Specific Scenarios

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