Foster Youth to Independence

Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) is an initiative designed to assist young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 who have been part of the foster care system and are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of becoming homeless. FYI is administered by the Portland Housing Authority (PHA) in collaboration with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and youth services providers. FYI works with eligible youth to identify, secure, and maintain housing while also participating in a variety of services around education, job training, and financial goals.

Who is eligible? 

  • Youth between 18 and 24 years old, and
  • Have left foster care, or will leave foster care within 90 days, and were in foster care at the age of 16 and older, and
  • are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

What services are available to FYI participants? 

FYI staff will assist participants in connecting with a service provider(s) they meet eligibility for. Types of Services Provided: 

  • basic life skills training 
  • housing counseling 
  • landlord support services 
  • employment and training 
  • education and career advancement services
  • financial workshops and goal setting

Who can we contact for more information about FYI? 

Chelsea Monzel, FYI Program Coordinator

Meghan Condry, FYI Program Navigator

You can also download the FYI Program Flyer

Program Milestone Press Release