On April 26, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a notice of $30 million in Family Unification Program (FUP) vouchers. The announcement combines 2017 funding that had not been released, with additional FY 2018 FUP funding.

FUP vouchers are for families that lack of adequate housing and that lack of 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 from foster care. This year there is a new provision allowing for up to 36 months of coverage for eligible youth from 18 to 24 years of age and who have left foster care or will leave foster care within 90 days.

Estimates by CSH-One Roof estimates that 50,000 units of supportive housing targeted to child welfare involved families are needed across the nation to address the current levels of homelessness and housing instability. The new $30 million for FUP could result in another 4,000 units to house vulnerable families, keeping them together under one roof.