The Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) Initiative offers housing vouchers to local public housing authorities for young people aging out of foster care who are at risk of experiencing homelessness. Public housing authorities without a current Family Unification Program (FUP) voucher allocation can request Tenant Protection Vouchers (TPV) to serve youth under the age of 25 with a history of child welfare involvement. Visit the following resources for additional information about the Foster to Youth Independence Initiative:

Youth Eligibility

A young person must meet all of the following requirements to be eligible to receive an FYI voucher. The youth:

  • Is at least 18 years years of age, and not more than 24 years of age.
  • Left foster care or will leave foster care within 90 days.
  • Is homeless or is at risk of becoming homeless. 

A young person who meets the above requirements and is pregnant or parenting is also eligible if the children they are parenting do not have an open CPS case.   

Partnerships with Public Housing Authorities

Regional Child Protective Services (CPS) programs have entered into partnership agreements with the following public housing authorities:

  • City of Amarillo Housing Authority
  • Panhandle Housing Authority
  • City of Mesquite Housing Authority
  • City of Houston Housing Authority
  • City of San Angelo (only serving FUP)
  • City of Midland Housing Authority
  • City of El Paso Housing Authority
  • City of Kenedy Housing Authority
  • City of Robstown Housing Authority
  • City of Pharr Housing Authority
  • City of Harlingen Housing Authority
  • City of Port Isabel Housing Authority
  • City of San Benito Housing Authority
  • City of Corpus Christi Housing Authority
  • City of San Marcos Housing Authority
  • City of Round Rock Housing Authority
  • City of Taylor Housing Authority

Local Contacts

Contact DFPS Regional Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) Coordinators to inquire about the availability of vouchers and the application process.