Learn more about the history of FUP, FYI and FSHO.
Ohio foster care youth and alumni have been traveling regularly to DC since 2013, with an eye towards improving foster care outcomes throughout the nation. We are deeply grateful to Ruth Ann White of the National Center for Housing and Child Welfare for her tireless support.
ACTION Ohio and the OHIO YAB are deeply honored to have authored the Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act, proposed the Foster Youth to Independence initiative, and hosted Congressional Briefings about the need to end the Foster Care to Homeless Pipeline.
The Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act (FSHO) was signed into federal law on December 27, 2020. This makes the Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) program permanent in statute, extends the three-year FYI voucher term by 2 additional years for individuals participating in self-sufficiency activities, and provides $25 million for the Family Unification Program (FUP) — $20 million of these funds are for on-demand housing vouchers for young people with a foster care history. We recently wrote a letter to HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge, asking for the foster care alumni authors of FSHO to play a role in its implementation.