Yesterday, Congressman Mike Turner’s (OH-10) bill to provide stable housing to foster care youth aging out of the system was passed by the House of Representatives by voice vote. Now, it goes to Senate, where a companion bill has already been considered by the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. Turner has championed this legislation since introducing an earlier version of the bill in September 2016, during the 114th Congress. The Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act (FSHO) is a bipartisan bill designed to increase access to safe housing in an on-demand manner – when and where it is needed – for youth aging out of foster care across the United States, all without increasing federal spending.
“I am thrilled to announce that this legislation, which I’ve been pushing for over 3 years now, has passed the House of Representatives without objection,” said Turner. “This is a huge step forward in our fight to end federally created homelessness for our foster care youth, who all too often struggle to find safe, stable housing during the overnight transition from foster care to independent adulthood. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate to ensure this bill becomes law and that aging out of foster care does not mean aging into homelessness.”