Fighting Homelessness: New HUD Program Helps Foster Youth With Housing Like Family Would

Exclusive interview with Sec. Ben Carson and program originators
February 11, 2020 Updated: February 13, 2020

Just what is it like to suddenly have no place to live when you turn 21?

Every year, roughly 5,000 such foster care youth end up homeless. But a new program is poised to completely change all that, and change it as early as this year.

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In this episode, we’ll sit down with Secretary Ben Carson to discuss how the Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) Initiative was launched in just 4 months after an ambitious group of former foster youth pitched it to him. We’ll also speak to program participant Adaora Onuora, as well as two longtime advocates for foster youth who helped make this happen—Ruth Anne White, Executive Director of The National Center for Housing and Child Welfare, and Jamole Callahan, one of the founders of ACTION Ohio.

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