DHS and VIHA Implement V.I.’s First Housing Assistance Program for Youth

Date Published: 
May 26th, 2021

From the St. Thomas Source:

The Virgin Islands Department of Human Services has announced it has partnered with the Virgin Islands Housing Authority to implement the territory’s first housing assistance program for youth who have left (aged out of) the foster care system and are at risk of becoming homeless. This is especially great news during Foster Care Awareness Month.

National statistics show that more than 25 percent of former foster children become homeless within two to four years after emancipation, and an even higher percentage often experience unsafe or unstable living situations. The Foster Youth to Independence initiative enacted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development makes housing choice voucher assistance available to public housing agencies such as VIHA in partnership with public child welfare agencies such as DHS.

Read the St. Thomas Source's article "DHS and VIHA Implement V.I.’s First Housing Assistance Program for Youth."

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