Former foster youth are at an elevated risk of homelessness, poor educational attainment, and unemployment after they age out of the foster care system. In comparison with their peers, they have fewer — if any — financial and social support, which affects their ability to take care of themselves in all ways. Housing vouchers are a good way to shelter foster youth and ensure that they somewhere to live while pursuing education or employment.
Once former foster youth reach the age of majority, they’re legally adults who should be responsible for taking care of themselves. Unless there’s a compelling reason (such as illness or disability) for the government to provide additional support, able-bodied former foster youth should be able to work to support themselves. Additionally, putting former foster youth at the front of the line for public housing risks bumping other vulnerable populations — such as domestic violence survivors and families with children — from this valuable lifeline.