Young adults who are aging out of the foster care system will soon have a new tool to find a home of their own due to a grant that the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso has received from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The CEO of The Housing Authority of the City of El Paso, Gerald Cichon, expresses the importance of receiving this grant from the U.S Urban Housing and Urban Development.”
Any young adult who has grown up in the foster care system should not have to experience the stress of where they will be living next.” “The ‘FYI’ initiative will reduce the number of young adults experiencing homelessness in El Paso, and offer them an opportunity to independence, which is a great accomplishment for this community,” said Mr. Cichon.
The Foster Youth to Independence ‘FYI’ Initiative will offer housing vouchers to HACEP with the goal to prevent or end homelessness among young adults under the age of 25, who are aging out of the foster care system and don’t have a home to go to.
HACEP officials added, “This initiative is a major accomplishment for The Housing Authority of the City of El Paso because not only does HACEP offers a hand up to low-income families and single individuals, but it will now offer housing assistance to those young adults who have grown out of foster care and are ready to take the next step on becoming self-sufficient.”
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ‘HHS’ estimates that more than 20,000 young people age out of foster care each year.
The National Center for Housing and Child Welfare ‘NCHCW’ estimates that approximately 25 percent of these young people experience homelessness within four years of leaving foster care.