Sending Office: Honorable Michael R. Turner
**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—
- 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.
 Modeled after the requirements instituted for extended foster care pursuant to the
Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (Pub. L.
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