The Family Unification Program (FUP) is a program under which Housing Choice Vouchers (HCVs) are provided to two different populations:
- Families for whom the lack of adequate housing is a primary factor in:
a. The imminent placement of the family’s child or children in out-of-home care, or
b. The delay in the discharge of the child or children to the family from out-of-home care.
There is no time limitation on FUP family vouchers.
- Youth at least 18 years old and not more than 21 years old who left foster care at age 16 or older and who lack adequate housing. FUP vouchers used by youth are limited, by statute to 18 months of housing assistance.
PHAs administer the FUP in partnership with Public Child Welfare Agencies (PCWAs) who are responsible for referring FUP families and youths to the PHA for determination of eligibility for rental assistance. Once the PCWA makes the referral the PHA places the FUP applicant on its waiting list, determines whether the family or youth meets HCV program eligibility requirements, and conducts all other processes relating to voucher issuance and administration.
In addition to rental assistance, supportive services must be provided by the PCWA to FUP youths for the entire 18 months in which the youth participates in the program; examples of the skills targeted by these services include money management skills, job preparation, educational counseling, and proper nutrition and meal preparation.
FUP Fact Sheet: provides general program information for individuals who are interested in obtaining a FUP voucher.
FUP PHAs and PHA Contact Information
FUP PHAs: provides a list of PHAs that administer the FUP program. FUP funding is allocated through a competitive process; therefore, not all PHAs administer the program. Individuals who are interested in obtaining a FUP voucher may utilize this list to identify whether there is a PHA in their area that administers FUP. For contact information for all PHAs by State, not only PHAs that administer FUP, click here.
FUP Youth and Family Self-Sufficiency Program Demonstration
(HUD must receive all requests to participate in the demonstration on or before Friday, July 15, 2016)
In the FY2015 Appropriations Act for HUD, Congress authorized a demonstration to test the effectiveness of combining Housing Choice Vouchers for eligible youth lacking adequate housing under the Family Unification Program (FUP) with assistance under the Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) program.
- Notice PIH 2016-1: Outlines the demonstration and gives information on how to apply to participate
Related Notices and Guidance
- FUP Questions and Answers (QAs) provides answers to specific policy questions about FUP.
- Promising Strategies for FUP Administrators: Examples of Processes from Family Unification Programs at 6 PHAs/PCWAs
- Notice PIH 2011-52 (HA): Reporting, Turnover, and Other Requirements for the Family Unification Program
- FUP Notices of Funding Availability (NOFAs): Establishes specific program requirements and criteria and requirements for review and selection of FUP applications, among others. Please note that only Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) that have an existing Annual Contributions Contract with HUD for HCVs may apply for FUP funding, not individuals or other organizations.
- Using the Family Unification Program (FUP) to Support Youth Aging out of Foster Care - Discusses results from HUD’s recent research project Youth Aging out of Foster Care as well as answers questions about administering the FUP program, focused on issues around FUP-Youth.
- FUP FY 2010 NOFA Satellite Broadcast 10-15-2010: Discusses differences between the FY 2010 NOFA and the FY 2009 NOFA, clarifies and discusses application requirements, and provides information on the General Section to HUD’s NOFAs and the logic model. Below are the materials related to this Satellite Broadcast: