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CITY’S FAMILY UNIFICATION PROGRAM READY TO HELP

YOUNG ADULTS LEAVE FOSTER CARE

 

Mayor Mufi Hannemann announced today a program that gives young adults in foster care a kick-start in the rental market.  The City competed successfully for a $1,085,328 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  The funds provide up to 100 Section 8 rental vouchers under its Family Unification Program.

 

“This federally funded project serves as a wonderful example of the City, state, and nonprofit community working in partnership to provide much-needed housing assistance and support services to young people who are leaving foster care.  The program is especially critical during these turbulent economic times,” said Mayor Hannemann.

 

This is the first such grant the City has received in partnership with the Section 8 rental assistance voucher program, the state, and a nonprofit group.  The City obtains its referrals and services from the State Department of Human Services and Hale Kipa, an agency that works with foster and other at-risk youths.

 

Information on the City’s Family Unification Program is available through the Community Assistance Division of the City’s Department of Community Services.  Young adults selected will have access to aid in the following areas: housing, education, employment, training, and a variety of social services aimed to support these youths as they transition successfully into adulthood.

 

For more information, call the Community Assistance Division at 768-7078.

 

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Contact:

Sandra Toma, 768-7078