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TELL NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATORS TO MAKE CHANGES TO CHILD WELFARE HOUSING SUBSIDY FOR YOUTH AND FAMILIES

Since 1998, the Social Service Law has offered a child welfare housing subsidy of up to $300 per month.  The subsidy helps families avoid entering the child welfare system, assists with reunification and helps youth as they age out of foster care.  However, it needs to be updated to address rising housing costs and problems with subsidy's rules.

To ensure the housing subsidy is better able to stabilize housing for families and youth, NY State lawmakers should: 

 

1) Increase the monthly housing subsidy allowance to $600 

2) Increase the upper age limit eligibility from 21 to 24 to assist youth as they age out of foster care

3) Ensure those receiving the housing subsidy can live with unrelated roommates.