ACTION Ohio and the OHIO YAB are delighted to announce that the Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act has passed, and is now a federal law. We were able to celebrate its passing with Representative Turner, an event which was shared by Dayton.com and WDTN.
1.) The Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act is youth-driven in every sense, because the only reason it exists is that Ohio foster care youth and alumni volunteered their time, fundraised locally, and traveled to D.C. annually, from 2013-2020, with the goal of ending the Foster Care to Homeless Pipeline.
2.) Representative Michael Turner created the “Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act” as a direct result of meeting with Ohio foster care youth and alumni. This one pager summarizes the bill.
3.) Ohio foster youth wrote a national petition to support FSHO, and the petition received over 55,000 signatures.
4.) Proponent federal testimony was provided by:
- ACTION Ohio
- OHIO YAB
- National Center for Housing and Child Welfare
- Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
5.) The Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act (HR 4300) passed unanimously in the House of Representatives on November 18, 2019.
6.) The Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act of 2019 (S. 2803) was introduced in the United States Senate. This one-pager summarizes the bill, for which we wrote heartfelt letters of thanks to Senator Brown, Senator Grassley, and Senator Reed.
7.) The Senate version of FSHO was included in the Supporting Foster Youth and Families through the Pandemic Act (H.R. 7947), which was signed into federal law on December 27, 2020. This victory was captured in an article by John Kelly of Imprint News.