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The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has a program named Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) Initiative, a federal housing program aimed at preventing homelessness among young adults (as old as 24) who have spent time in foster care after the age of 16. It provides 36 months of rental assistance “on demand” for youth in private apartments. To learn more about how to apply, check our our "Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) Housing Vouchers" page.
You can check with your social worker or your state’s Public Housing Authority (PHA) to see if there are housing and shelter programs in your area. Find your state’s PHAs here.
HUD has a list of local housing and homelessness assistance programs throughout the country.
The Homeless Shelter Directory also lists local homeless shelters and service organizations, and it shows if there are current openings in localities.
The National Coalition for the Homeless has some additional guidance depending on how long you have until you become homeless.
You should know that the federal government specifically instructed states to take care of you. Read more here.
If you need to find other housing options:
The Student Relief Fund supports students affected by COVID-19-related campus closures. Students who submit a note may gain access to financial assistance, resources, and other solutions.
You can apply for assistance from Together We Rise, who can help find, and pay for, housing.
You can apply for $200 in cash assistance from MyScholly (opportunity closed).
If you were attending a Historically Black College or University (HBCU), you can request financial help from HBCU at Home.
You can get up to 30 days of free storage from U-Haul if you are a college student being forced to leave your dorm room.
These rental car services have reduced the age minimum from 24 to 18 and are waiving additional fees for young renters to help students get home:
You can also check out this guide for getting discounts on moving services.
A Sense of Home provides youth aging out of foster care with donated furniture and home goods.
If someone in your home is sick and/or is at high-risk of contracting COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued specific guidelines on cleaning and disinfecting your home:
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