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KCDC secures housing vouchers for 25 youngs adults leaving foster care

The organization secured the vouchers through a federal housing grant administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Published: May. 3, 2021 at 10:48 AM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation announced 25 vouchers were secured to help young adults who have aged out of the foster care system.

The organization secured the vouchers through a federal housing grant administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. KCDC applied for the Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) grant based on its track record of Section 8 housing success and its working relationship with the Department of Children’s Services.

“The Foster Youth to Independence vouchers allow us to serve an especially vulnerable population and offer young people a path to achieve self-sufficiency,” KCDC Executive Director and CEO Ben Bentley said. “The Section 8 team at KCDC has developed a strong relationship with the local Department of Children’s Services, which is necessary for this program to work effectively since DCS makes the referrals directly to KCDC.”

The FYI vouchers can subsidize appropriate housing for up to three years for young adults who are homeless or at risk to be homeless after exiting foster care. Under the terms of the program, youth also will be provided with supportive services like basic life skills and educational and career counseling.

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