Capito, Manchin Announce Funding to Stop Youngsters and Youth Homelessness in West Virginia

WASHINGTON, DC – Senators Shelley Moore Capito (RW.Va.) and Joe Manchin (DW.Va.), members of the Senate Grants Committee, today presented housing authorities with $ 36,485 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ( HUD) announced housing in Charleston, Fairmont and Morgantown. This funding supports homeless children and young people. Additional funds will be used to provide home ownership fees for low-income families, the elderly and people with disabilities.

“Far too many people in West Virginia struggle with homelessness and access to affordable housing. It is therefore incredibly important that our public housing construction is equipped to meet these challenges and provide support and stability to the West Virginians in their need. It is welcome news that these funds are flowing into our state to support important housing programs, particularly the Foster Youth to Independence initiative. Investing like this makes West Virginia safer and healthier, ”said Senator Capito.

“Providing every child in West Virginia with a warm place to sleep and a roof over their heads remains one of my top priorities. Over 10,000 children in West Virginia are currently homeless and, due to high unemployment, unstable living conditions and job insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic, West Virginia is seeing a significant increase in child and youth homelessness. And because the pandemic kept most of the students at home, it was nearly impossible for schools to identify students who were affected by homelessness, “Senator Manchin said. “I am delighted that HUD is investing in our housing management to prevent homelessness among children and young people. I will continue to seek funding and resources to ensure that every West Virginian – especially our children and youth – have access to affordable, quality housing. “

The following individual prices:

Homeless Foster Youth to Independence Initiative (FYI): Provides FYI vouchers for teenagers eligible for the Family Unification Program (FUP) and is a collaborative effort to prevent and end homelessness among youth with current or past child care.

  • Charleston / Kanawha Housing Authority – $ 19,494
  • Fairmont / Morgantown Housing Authority – $ 16,791

Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program: Supports low-income families, the elderly and people with disabilities with decent, safe and sanitary housing in the private market.

  • Charleston / Kanawha Housing Authority, Management Fees Set Aside (Property Fees) – $ 200

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