Paying for Housing

Personal experiences from a foster youth

There are specific housing options for foster youth turning 18 years old. Explore the housing options available to former foster youth and other options in the community to decide which housing option will work for you.

Whichever option you choose, be sure to do research to know the requirements, deadlines for applications, and more important information.

Extended Foster Care

There are specific housing options for foster youth turning 18 years old. Explore the housing options available to former foster youth and other options in the community to decide which housing option will work for you.

Whichever option you choose, be sure to do research to know the requirements, deadlines for applications, and more important information.

CPS offers Extended Foster Care, which includes a foster home setting or a Supervised Independent Living (SIL) setting to help you become independent. You can stay or return to foster care up until your 21st birthday—or your 22nd if you're working on a high school diploma or GED. Participation is voluntary and you will be required to sign an agreement to participate in one or more of the following activities:

  • Attend high school or work on a GED. 
  • Attend college for at least 6 hours per semester.
  • Work at least 80 hours per month. 
  • Participate in a job or skills training program. 
  • Have a documented medical reason for an inability to complete any of the above.

Supervised Independent Living (SIL)

Supervised Independent Living (SIL) is a type of Extended Foster Care setting where you can live on your own, while still getting support services to help you become independent and self-sufficient. In SIL, you are not supervised 24 hours a day by an adult, and you have increased responsibilities. Contact your PAL staff about this opportunity.

For more information about the SIL program and Extended Foster Care, visit the Supervised Independent Living (SIL) and Extended Foster Care pages on the DFPS website.

Section 811 Project Rental Assistance

If you have a disability, the Section 811 Project Rental Assistance program can help pay for some or all of your rent. This program allows persons with disabilities to live as independently as possible by providing a choice of subsidized rental housing options. One of the targeted populations served in this program are youth with disabilities exiting foster care.

Only certain properties in Texas cooperate with the program. You can’t apply on your own, but your CPS caseworker or Developmental Disability Specialist refer you. If you think you are eligible or you are interested, ask your case worker for more information.