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"Children's Defense Fund"

May/June 1994 issue of Poverty & Race

25 E St. NW
Wash., DC 20001 202/628-8787
Contact: Mary Lee Allen

The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) is preparing a technical assistance guide to new housing and child welfare reforms, including the Family Unification Pro-gram, that were created by Congress as part of the National Affordable Housing Act of 1990. The Family Unification Program provides housing assistance through the Section 8 certificate pro-gram to families who meet the regular Section 8 eligibility criteria and whose children are at risk of placement in out--of-home care, or delayed in returning from care because of homelessness or severe housing problems. The guide will advise community advocates and hous-ing and child welfare agencies on building
the needed collaboration and coopera-tion to address the housing needs of families with children who are at risk of entering or remaining in out-of-home care because of housing problems.

In 1993, HUD announced plans to eliminate the Family Unification Pro-gram. CDF, along with the Child Welfare League of America and the American Public Welfare Association, has launched an effort to continue the Program. CDF has encouraged increased cooperation between child welfare agencies and hous-ing authorities at the federal, state and local levels, and believes that the contin-uation of the Program is critical to the establishment of these important partner-ships.
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