Albany Housing Authority receives grant to help those age out of foster care

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(ALBANY, GA) – The Albany Housing Authority is getting a big hand from the federal government to help those growing out of the foster care system.

Earlier this week, they became the only agency in Georgia to receive a federal grant of $160 thousand to help those ages 18-24 move on, and properly transition into adulthood.

“So what this grant does is it allows youth who are exiting foster care, to provide stable living for them. So it’s one less thing for them to worry about if they’re going to college or coming here to college,” says Public Relations Director, Dena Jackson

For those who age out of the foster care system, this grant helps ensure a stable transition into adult life, providing affordable housing, while not sacrificing other opportunities.

Jackson says, “This is just one thing to provide them with stable housing. If they’re on the verge of being homeless, and once they turn 18, they do want to leave the foster care. But we offer social services with this, so it’s financial assistance…”

As the Housing Authority begins to help those aging out of the foster care system, being the only one in the state to get the grant means that they have plenty of agencies across Georgia looking at how the housing authority fares with Albany’s young adults.

She tells us, “There are a lot of housing authorities watching us right now, to make sure the program runs smoothly, and we’re offering the best practices for our neighboring housing authorities who may want to apply and receive the grant. We’re excited to be the first, we’re excited to be the only, and we welcome the challenge.”

Jackson says that the only requirement for aid from the grant is that the applicant’s residence is in Dougherty County.