Funder: Department of Housing and Urban Development
Award Details: This Foster Youth to Independence Competitive (FYI Competitive) NOFA makes Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) assistance available to Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) in partnership with Public Child Welfare Agencies (PCWAs). FYI Competitive utilizes funding appropriated to serve youth under the Family Unification Program (FUP).
Number of Awards: Funding of approximately $ 20,000,000 is available through this NOFA. Additional funds may become available for award under this NOFA, because of HUD’s efforts to recapture funds, use carryover funds, or because of the availability of additional appropriated funds. Use of these funds is subject to statutory constraints. All awards are subject to the funding restrictions contained in this NOFA. Minimum submission for 3 vouchers, no floor for minimum; maximum not to exceed 1,200,000. The maximum award will be based upon the size of the PHA and the identified need for such vouchers (the number of vouchers projected that will be needed to assist FYI Competitiveeligible youth over a 12-month period as reported in the Statement of Need.
Target Population: 1. Youth at least 18 years and not more than 24 years of age (have not reached their 25th birthday) who 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 are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless at age 16 or older.
1. Only PHAs that have an existing Annual Contributions Contract (ACC) with HUD for HCVs are eligible to apply for funding under this announcement.
2. PHAs wishing to share the administration of the program with another PHA may apply jointly, however, the Annual Contributions Contract (ACC) will be solely with the lead PHA applicant and all reporting must be submitted via the lead PHA applicant. The maximum number of vouchers will be based on the lead PHA voucher program size.
3. Eligible PHAs must have demonstrated a commitment to administer FYI Competitive, which shall be verified by an executed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the PHA and PCWA. HUD strongly encourages adding other important partners, such as a State, local, philanthropic, faith-based organizations, and CoC, or a CoC recipient it designates, to the partnership. The MOU must also identify the assistance being provided and state who will be providing such assistance.
4. HUD will only consider funding one application per PHA. This one application limit applies regardless of whether the PHA is a State or regional PHA. In instances where a PHA has more than one PHA code number due to its operating under the jurisdiction of more than one HUD Field Office, a separate application, under each code, shall be considered for funding with the cumulative total of vouchers applied for under the applications not to exceed the maximum number of vouchers the PHA is eligible to apply for under this NOFA (i.e., no more than the number of vouchers allotted.)
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