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Herrera Beutler Secures Funding to Prevent Youth Homelessness in Southwest Washington

Over $130,000 targeted to Vancouver Housing Authority to support foster care youth

Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) applauded an announcement by the Department of Housing and Urban Development that the Housing Authority of the City of Vancouver will be receiving a $136,159 grant to help prevent youth homelessness.

As a senior member of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, Herrera Beutler helped secure the funds now being invested in the Homeless Foster Youth to Independence Initiative. This initiative targets housing assistance to young adults under the age of 25 who have recently left the foster care system and are at extreme risk of experiencing homelessness.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) more than 20,000 young people age out of foster care each year, and the National Center for Housing and Child Welfare (NCHCW) estimates that 25 percent of those young adults will experience homelessness within four years of leaving foster care.

“Young adults who age out of foster care face the incredible challenge of securing housing and are often left without the support they desperately need,” Herrera Beutler said. “I’m proud to have helped secure the funding necessary to jumpstart this initiative specifically targeted to help foster youth in Southwest Washington. Making sure these folks can access housing assistance so they can further their education or obtain and keep steady employment can make the difference in transitioning into a safe, secure adulthood.”