Chapter 5

Community Resources
Chapter 5 - Community Resources
Housing Resources for Youth Aging out of Foster Care

When young people age out of foster care without achieving permanency, the child welfare system is expected to ensure they have stable, safe places to live. The state is not permitted to discharge young people to homeless shelters. Foster care providers also are required to document that the person leaving care has at least one permanent, caring adult resource in their life. A young person aging out of the child welfare system may request a temporary extension to remain in foster care, until a suitable housing resource is identified. Housing options include:

Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8)

Young people aging out of foster care are granted priority status to receive Section 8 housing vouchers. These vouchers can be used to find market rate apartments and allow applicants to contribute up to 30% of their income towards housing. Eligibility and maintenance requirements for this program (including employment) vary by county. It is important to note that some counties in New York do not have a current and active Section 8 program. Former foster youth must contact their local housing authority office to verify voucher availability and to complete an application. 

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

Child Welfare Housing Subsidy

For foster youth that exit care with a goal of either expedited family reunification or APPLA (independent living), New York State offers child welfare housing subsidies of up to $10,800 over three years ($300 per month). The purpose of these subsidies is to help youth 18 and older secure market rate housing. Subsidies are available to youth from foster care until they reach their 21st birthdays.

NYC ACS Housing Academy Collaborative

(Students from New York City ONLY)

Assistance is available to NYC foster youth 16-21 years old to help them get and keep their housing after they leave foster care. Housing Specialists are available to assist youth with landlord and tenant rights, negotiating with creditors, resume preparation, educational goal setting, career planning, financial literacy, as well as job and internship referrals

NYC ACS Housing Academy Collaborative

Call the Hotline: (212) 442-4273

New York/New York III

(Students from New York City ONLY)

This program provides housing support to youth ages 18-25 that are at risk for homelessness, with 200 units specifically designated to population IV (former foster youth). To be eligible, young people must be in the process of leaving or have recently left foster care, or have been placed in foster care for more than one year after their 16th birthdays. Housing providers may require youth to fulfill additional eligibility requirements such as, having a job, attending school, or enrollment in counseling or behavioral health programs.

NYCHA Public Housing Vouchers

(New York City ONLY)

Youth over age 18 who are transitioning from foster care with a goal of Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement (APPLA) may be eligible to receive NYCHA housing vouchers. Foster youth who complete applications before turning 21, or before leaving care, are given priority status for NYCHA housing.

Apply via a walk-in appointment at 150 William Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10038 (weekdays 9:00 am – 5:00 pm) or call the NYC ACS Housing Support Services (HSS) Hotline at (212) 442-4273.