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NECAC offering housing vouchers for foster kids who age out of system

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As foster kids age out of the system, an organization aims to help keep a roof over their head. The Northeast Community Action Corporation has rent assistance vouchers for just that.

It’s a brand new program called the Foster Youth to Independence initiative.

With the help of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, NECAC is issuing special vouchers to assist those ages 18 to 24 who have left foster care or are transitioning out of foster care and are homeless or at risk of it.

NECAC said they plan to guide those who participate in the program and teach them life skills.

"Sometimes those kids come out of foster care and they just don't know what they're going to do. Maybe their foster family doesn't have the means to send them to college. Perhaps they want to be out on their own," said Brent Engel with NECAC.

NECAC officials said they only have 6 vouchers for 11 of their counties.

They said they hope the program grows and they could be awarded more.

Brett Knese

Multi-Media Journalist at WGEM News.

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