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Family Unification Program for Family (FUPF) and Youth (FUPY)

FUPF/FUPY Link: The DFPS initially determines if the family or youth meets the FUP eligibility requirements, certifies that the family or youth is eligible, and refers those families or youths to the HASA. The referred family or youth must apply online and be added to the HCV wait list. Once the DFPS makes the referral, the HASA places the FUP applicant on its FUPF/Y waiting list. When a FUP voucher is available, the HASA will determine whether the family or youth meets HCV program eligibility requirements, including income and criminal offender eligibility. The number of spots on this program are limited and the maximum number of FUPF vouchers are not always guaranteed to be available.



  • The DFPS worker must complete the referral form below as well as submit a referral letter on the DFPS letterhead for the family to be considered for FUPF. Please note, this referral form is to be completed by the CPS worker in conjunction with the family. Referrals will not be accepted unless complete and all signatures are present.
  • The applicant family must have an open CPS case with plans for Conservatorship or for FBSS.
  • The children must be placed back in the home on a monitored return or otherwise by the time of voucher issuance. If the children are not placed back in the home at that time, the referral will be removed.
  • Once the applicant family is assisted under FUPF, there is no time limit on the assistance as long as the family continues to receive HCV rental assistance. If the children are removed from the residence by CPS after the family is receiving assistance, an interim will be processed removing the children from the household. The subsidy will then be adjusted with the effective date of the next annual recertification. If the children are not reunified within 360 day of the removal date, the family may be converted over to an HCV voucher if available.


  • Eligible youth may receive FUPY voucher assistance for up to 36 months. The DFPS worker in conjunction with the After Care worker must complete the referral form below for FUPY and the applicant must sign as well.
    • To be eligible for this voucher preference, the following must be met:
      • Youth at least 18 years old and not more than 24 years old who:
      • Left foster care at age 16 or older, 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 at risk of being homeless, which is defined as:
        • Has an annual income below 30% of the AMI, does not have sufficient resources or support networks (e.g., family, friends, faith-based or other social networks) immediately available to prevent them from moving to an emergency shelter, and meets one of the following conditions:
          • Has moved because of economic reasons two or more times during the 60 days immediately preceding the application for homelessness prevention assistance.
          • Is living in the home of another because of economic hardship.
          • Has been notified in writing that their right to occupy their current housing or living situation will be terminated within 21 days after the date of application for assistance.
          • Is living in a hotel or motel and the cost of the stay is not paid by charitable organizations or by Federal, State, or local government programs of low-income individuals.
          • Lives in a single room occupancy or efficiency apartment unit in which there resides more than two persons, or lives in a larger housing unit in which there resides more than 1.5 persons per room.
          • Is exiting a publicly funded institution, or system of care, or
          • Otherwise lives in housing that has characteristics associated with instability and an increased risk of homelessness, as identified in the recipient’s approved consolidated plan.
    • A youth may also be “at risk of homelessness” if the youth meet the definition of homeless under the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act, the Head Start Act, the VAWA of 1994, the Public Health Service Act, the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, the Child Nutrition Act; or the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. (24 CFR 576.2)


  • In addition to rental assistance, supportive services must be provided to FUP youth by the DFPS or another approved social service agency for the first 18 months that the youth participate in the program. Examples of the skills targeted by these services include, but are not limited to, money management skills, job preparation, educational counseling, and proper nutrition and meal preparation. The program does not require DFPS to provide supportive services for families; however, DFPS may make them available to families, as well.