Sending Office: Honorable Michael R. Turner
Sent By:
Dan.Hare@mail.house.gov

**Updated** Just the Facts — H.R. 2069

Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act

 

The Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act (FSHO) prioritizes housing assistance for youth who have aged out of foster care and are at-risk of homelessness.  FSHO has been revised, including its “self-sufficiency” requirement, to take into account considerations
raised by Members and outside organizations.  Here’s the
reality on H.R. 2069’s “self-sufficiency” requirement.
  Local Public Housing Agencies (PHA), in consultation with public child welfare agencies (PCWA), will select one of the following options to implement.

 

Option #1:  Youth satisfy one of the following criteria[1]

  • Participating in education;
  • Participating in workforce development; or
  • Incapable of participation due to a medical condition.
  • At their discretion, PHAs may also consider employment as satisfying this Option.

 

Option #2:  Youth comply with terms & conditions applicable under the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program.

  • FSS was
    endorsed
    by organizations like the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) earlier this year.

 

Option #3:  Using any combination of criteria listed in Options #1 – #2, local PHAs may design
(or ask local workforce development agencies to assist in designing) their own self-sufficiency/active engagement requirement.

 

Grace Period:  FSHO offers assisted foster alumni an
initial 30-month grace period, during which they are exempt from compliance.

 

 

“To ensure that youth homelessness is a brief and rare occurrence and that youth have the tools necessary to be self-sufficient, completion of educational and vocational training activities can be particularly important.  The foster care system is a
well-known pipeline for youth homelessness and how states address the education of those in foster care is indicative of their commitment to more broadly prevent and end youth homelessness.”  —
State
Index on Youth Homelessness 2018

(True Colors Fund in partnership with the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty)

 

 

 

For more information, or to cosponsor, please contact Dan Hare on Rep. Turner’s staff via
e-mail or phone at 5-6465.

 


[1] Modeled after the requirements instituted for extended foster care pursuant to the
Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (Pub. L.
110-351).

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: Economy, Education, Family Issues, HealthCare, Labor, Social Security

Related Bill Information

Bill Type: H.R.
Bill Number: 2069
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