Turner Foster Care Housing Bill Gets Hearing

The Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act will increase access to housing for youth aging out of foster care, without increasing federal spending

My Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act had a hearing yesterday by the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance.

I am thrilled this bill is getting momentum and moving through the legislative process in the House. Right now, we have a situation of government created homelessness when foster care youths age out of the system but have few resources to find safe, stable housing. My bill is a commonsense fix with no additional cost to the federal government that will mean a world of impact for these kids. It’s time to pass this bill.

“While meeting with foster youth directly, Mr. Turner of Ohio immediately seized upon something that continues to be ignored or missed entirely by policymakers and advocates alike: the housing instability faced by former foster youth is entirely predictable – but systems fail time and time again to work together to close the obvious gaps through which so many youth are destined to fall into homelessness,” testified Ruth White, Executive Director of the National Center for Housing & Child Welfare. “Mr. Turner termed this phenomenon, ‘government created homelessness.’ Together with the youth, Hill staff crafted the straight-forward, yet sophisticated solution offered in this bill.”

“The Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act is a commonsense solution to help kids, who have aged out of the system, succeed and I thank Mike for his work on this important bill,” said Rep. Rodney Davis, Chairman of the Republican Main Street Caucus. “Mike’s bill is one that the Republican Main Street Caucus has identified as legislation that helps further our mission which is making our government work for the people we serve. I fully support this bill and will continue do what I can to help Mike get it to the House floor for a vote.”

You can watch the full hearing here.

 

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