Family Unification Program (FUP)

To aid families for whom the lack of adequate housing is the primary factor in the separation, or the threat of imminent separation, of children from their families, and youths ages 18-21 years old who left foster care at age 16 or older and lack adequate housing.

FUP eligible families and youths
can have access to Housing Choice Voucher (HVC)to obtain decent, safe, and affordable housing units on the private market.


Agency - Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Department of Housing and Urban Development's mission is to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination. HUD fulfills this mission through high ethical standards, management and accountability, and by forming partnerships with community organizations.

Office - HUD Field Office listed in the Catalog Address Appendix IV that has jurisdiction over the area in which the dwellings are located.


Program Accomplishments

Approximately 24,426 families receive voucher program assistance.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Provides housing assistance payments to participating owners on behalf of eligible tenants to provide decent, safe, and sanitary housing for very low income families at rents they can afford.

Housing assistance payments are generally the difference between the local payment standard and 30 percent of the family's adjusted income.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants are limited to public housing agencies.

A public housing agency (PHA) is defined as any State, county, municipality or other governmental entity or public body (or agency or instrumentality thereof) which is authorized to engage in or assist in the development or operation of housing for very low income families; and, a consortium of PHAs; any other nonprofit entity that was administering a Section 8 tenant-based program on October 21, 1998; or, for an area outside the jurisdiction of a PHA administering a voucher program, a private nonprofit entity or a governmental entity or public body that would otherwise lack jurisdiction to administer the program in such area.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Families and youths that are income eligible under the HCV program regulations at 24 CFR 982.201 may receive a voucher awarded under the FUP. Families and youths must be referred to the PHA from the local Child Welfare Agency (CWA).

Credentials/Documentation

In the FUP, the PHA must support its application by furnishing data that the program proposed is responsive to the demand of FUP eligible families and youths would equal or exceed the requested number of voucher.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

The Department will publish a Notice of Funding availability (NOFA) in the Federal Register identifying allocation areas, amount of funds available for each area, and the selection criteria for rating and ranking applications.

Applicants will have atleast 30 days to submit an application.

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No.

A-102 and E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

Submission of Application for Housing Assistance Payments Program (Form HUD-52515). This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedures

The HUD Grants Management Center generally makes the final decision based on the results of the rating and ranking process.

Deadlines

Applications should be submitted in accordance with the time frame stated in the NOFA.

Authorization

Section 8(x) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C.1437(x), Title II of Division K of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008 (Public Law 110-161).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Generally 45 days from the date of receipt and approval of applications.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

Expiring increments of Section 8 housing choice voucher assistance are automatically renewed by HUD.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

There are no matching requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

New funding is provided for 12 months.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Supporting Data for Annual Contributions Estimates, form 52672; Estimate of Total Required Annual Contributions, HUD form 52673; Requisition for Partial Payment of Annual Contributions, HUD form 52663; Voucher for payment of Annual contributions and Operating Statement, HUD form 52681 and 52681-B; and Family Report, HUD Form 50058 and Logic Model, HUD form 96010.

Audits

Periodic fiscal, occupancy, general management and maintenance audits.

Records

Those necessary to indicate compliance with Annual Contributions Contract/Housing Choice Voucher Contract.

Financial Information

Account Identification

86-0302-0-1-604.

Obigations

FY 07 $0; FY 08 est $20,000,000; and FY 09 est $0.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Amount necessary for the PHA to pay housing assistance payments and cover related administrative expenses. The housing assistance payment is generally the difference between the lower of the gross rent or the local payment standard and 30 percent of the family's adjusted income. The family may choose to rent a unit for more or less than the payment standard. When initially leasing a unit where the gross rent exceeds the payment standard, a family may not pay more than 40 percent of adjusted monthly income.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

24 CFR 982; Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program Forms, Legal Contracts, and Publications Handbook, 7420.8; Housing Choice Voucher Program Guidebook, 7420.10G.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

HUD Field Office listed in the Catalog Address Appendix IV that has jurisdiction over the area in which the dwellings are located.

Headquarters Office

Office of the Public Housing and Voucher Programs, Housing Voucher Management and Operations Division, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC 20410. Telephone: (202) 708-0477. Use the same number for FTS.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

See NOFA.



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