Sending Office: Honorable Michael R. Turner
Just the Facts — H.R. 2069, Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act
You may have seen an outside organization’s letter opposing H.R. 2069. Unfortunately, it is
littered with inaccuracies and irrelevant information. Here are some important
facts about the bill that you should know:
Here’s what H.R. 2069 DOES:
- Implements an optional – not mandatory – program permitting youth aging out of foster care and at-risk of homelessness to access prioritized housing assistance.
- Allows youth aging out of foster care and at-risk of homelessness to pursue/obtain/ access
each and every form of housing assistance or social safety net benefit permitted under current law.
- Allows youth aging out of foster care and at-risk of homelessness to follow
exactly the same course of action as they do now without penalty, if they so choose.
Here’s what H.R. 2069 does NOT do:
- Cut funding from any housing assistance program, social safety net benefit, or person.
- Cut benefits from any housing assistance program, social safety net benefit, or person.
- Take housing away from any youth aging/aged out of foster care.
- Force any youth aging/aged out foster care to do anything.
- Impose “strict work requirements.”
H.R. 2069’s self-sufficiency requirements are very similar to those under the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008.
2008 bill, introduced by Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA-07), passed the House by voice vote under suspension of the rules and passed the Senate by unanimous consent.
- Like those from the 2008 bill, H.R. 2069’s requirements are flexible and reasonable, with more relevant exemptions and grace periods. They can be satisfied via employment, education, workforce development/vocational training/apprenticeship, or any combination
of these activities.
For more information, or to cosponsor, please contact Dan Hare on Rep. Turner’s staff via
e-mail or phone at 5-6465.
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