Sending Office: Honorable Michael R. Turner
Cosponsor H.R. 2069, the Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act
Current Cosponsors (34): Kildee (MI-05);
Langevin (RI-02); Marino (PA-10); Hill (AR-02); Moore (WI-04); Bass (CA-37);
Stivers (OH-15); Cicilline (RI-04); Hastings (FL-20); Cole (OK-02); Knight (CA-25);
Evans (PA-02); Davis (IL-07); Comstock (VA-10); Faso (NY-19); Meeks (NY-05);
MacArthur (NJ-03); Bacon (NE-02); Raskin (MD-08); Peters (CA-52); Renacci (OH-16); Upton (MI-06);
Khanna (CA-17); Dingell (MI-12); Calvert (CA-42); Carson (IN-07);
Davidson (OH-08); Denham (CA-10); Lowenthal (CA-47); Brady (PA-01); Johnson (OH-06);
Jayapal (WA-07); Fitzpatrick (PA-08); Davis (IL-13)
Senate Companion — Leads: Grassley (IA);
Cosponsors (5): King (ME);
Kaine (VA); Franken (MN); Scott (SC); Klobuchar (MN)
Endorsed in the 114th / 115th Congress by: Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA; supporting an amended version of the legislation); National Center for Housing and Child Welfare; Dave
Thomas Foundation for Adoption; Family Focused Treatment Association (FFTA); Ohio Youth Advisory Board (YAB) leadership; Ohio Association of Child Caring Agencies; Alumni of Care Together Improving Outcomes Now (ACTION) Ohio leadership; Lighthouse Youth
Services (Ohio); Center of Vocational Alternatives (COVA) (Ohio); Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association.
Please join me in cosponsoring the Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act (H.R. 2069), legislation I have reintroduced to
increase access to housing for youth aging out of foster care, without increasing Federal spending.
For youth aging out of foster care, the transition into adulthood happens overnight, but the opportunity to access housing assistance does not. Because foster youth are frequently unable to apply for housing assistance until they “age out,” they are automatically
at the end of the line on their first day of adulthood. Given no other choice, this vulnerable population must oftentimes endure lengthy wait times that can last several years. As a result, many foster youth age out of foster care and age into
government-triggered homelessness. In fact, studies have found that
as many as 37% of foster care alumni have experienced homelessness.
A much greater proportion have faced housing instability – e.g., couch surfing, frequent housing changes, trouble paying rent, and eviction.
The Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act addresses this problem with two meaningful reforms to housing assistance programs for youth aging out of foster care who are also at-risk of homelessness:
- Early application: Minors will be able to apply for housing assistance upon reaching 16 years of age, prior to aging out of foster care.
- Priority Preference: When a minor reaches the point 6 months prior to aging out of foster care, he/she will automatically receive a priority preference over other applicants for housing assistance, allowing the minor aging out of foster care to
jump to the front of the waitlist.
Government plays the role of parent for foster youth, and it determines when they age out and must take on adult responsibilities. It also has an obligation to help put an end to the homelessness it creates by preventing foster youth from
applying until adulthood – which frequently relegates them to the end of a long line for housing assistance – even though the government knows when these youth will age out of foster care.
Aging out of foster care should not mean aging into homelessness,
and the Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act would help put an end to this unnecessary obstacle blocking access to housing. By providing these young adults with the opportunity to apply before they age out of foster care and prioritizing them during
this difficult transition period, we can help decrease homelessness and provide a stronger foundation for stable, independent, self-sufficient lives.
For more information, or to cosponsor the Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act, contact Dan Hare (firstname.lastname@example.org) on my staff at 5-6465.
Michael R. Turner
Member of Congress
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