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Family Unification Program (FUP)

Overview

The Family Unification Program (FUP) is a program under which Housing Choice Vouchers (HCVs) are provided to two different populations:

  1. 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.

  2. For a period not to exceed 36 months, otherwise eligible youths who have attained at least 18 years
      and not more than 24 years of age and who have left foster care, or will leave foster care within 90
      days, in accordance with a transition plan described in section 475(5)(H) of the Social Security Act,
      and is homeless or is at risk of becoming homeless at age 16 or older. (NEW)

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.

  • (The FUP Fact Sheet does not reflect the changes to FUP made by the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016. HUD will be publishing a revised FUP Fact Sheet.)

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

(The deadline for applications to participate in the demonstration closed on 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

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