Family Unification Program (FUP)

Housing Connect administers a Family Unification Voucher (FUP) program which is funded by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. The program serves families and youth ages 18 to 24 who are working with the Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

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The Purpose of Family Unification Program
  • Promote family unification of families for whom the lack of adequate housing is a primary factor in the separation, or the threat of imminent separation, of children from their families or the delay in the discharge of the child, or children, to the family from out-of-home care.
  • Assist youth ages 18 to 24 years old who left foster care at age 16 or older and lack adequate housing.
  • FUP vouchers can also be used for families or youths displaced by domestic violence and families in imminent danger of losing their housing as part of the definition of “lack of adequate housing.”
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Length of Housing Assistance

There is no statutory limitation on the time a family may receive housing assistance under the program. For the first 6 months of program participation families will receive case management from DCFS.

As required by statute, a FUP Voucher issued to such a youth may only be used to provide housing assistance for a time limited period. Youth will receive case management services for 18 months from DCFS.

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Referral Information

All FUP eligible households must be referred to Housing Connect by the Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

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