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Oct 3, 2022

John Burton Advocates for Youth (JBAY) is thrilled to announce the return of the Blueprint for Foster Youth College & Career Success Conference in person in 2022 in Los Angeles!​

The Blueprint for Success Conference is a dynamic two-day event that combines meaningful engagement opportunities with in-depth workshops presented by professionals with a passion and aptitude for supporting foster youth to achieve their higher education goals. Stay tuned for registration details coming soon.

Oct 12, 2022

Please join John Burton Advocates for Youth for a webinar discussing the recent policy changes and budget expansion of the Housing Navigation & Maintenance Program (HNMP), prompted by the goal of enabling counties to utilize HNMP to serve former foster youth with specialized federal Housing Choice Vouchers.

HNMP is administered by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) to county child welfare agencies to provide housing navigators to assist youth with securing and maintaining housing.

The program previously served youth ages 18 through 21 and the priority population was current foster youth. As of July 1, 2022, the upper age limit was expanded to age 24, and the priority population was expanded to include former foster youth. The annual budget for this program was expanded in the 2022-23 state budget from $5 million to $13.7 million.

JBAY will be joined on the webinar by a representative from HCD to discuss these changes and provide a refresher on the steps counties must take to accept the funding. Attendees will also learn how counties can utilize HNMP to improve the provision of Family Unification Program (FUP) and Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) Vouchers.

Panelists:

Simone Tureck Lee, John Burton Advocates for Youth

Andy Lomeli, John Burton Advocates for Youth

Jason Blair, California Department of Housing & Community Development

Oct 19, 2022

Please join John Burton Advocates for Youth for this “how-to” webinar to assist those working with homeless youth to successfully complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA). The webinar will review the FAFSA and CADAA, page by page, including detailed instructions on how eligible students experiencing homelessness can qualify as independent students for the purposes of maximizing financial aid. Presenters will also provide information on key steps to take after the FAFSA or CADAA is completed, such as creating a WebGrants account.

Oct 26, 2022

Please join John Burton Advocates for Youth for this “how-to” webinar to assist those working with foster youth to successfully complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA). The webinar will review the FAFSA and CADAA, page by page, including detailed instructions on how eligible foster youth can qualify as independent students for the purposes of maximizing financial aid. Presenters will also provide information on key steps to take after the FAFSA or CADAA is completed, such as applying for the Chafee Grant and creating a WebGrants account.

Past Events

Sep 29, 2022

Please join us for these important sessions on tax credits that put money in the pockets of individuals experiencing homelessness and former foster youth. Opportunities for organizations and young adults to partner with IRS Stakeholder Partnerships, Education and Communication (SPEC) will be provided.

All working youth 18 years and older who are experiencing uncertainty with housing and/or aging out of the foster care system are cordially invited to attend a symposium to learn more about changes in the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and their potential eligibility for this valuable credit. Information regarding IRS employment and volunteer opportunities will also be shared. Please register for the symposium using the link provided below. If you are unable to attend at the assigned time, you can review the recording at your convenience. It will be available for 30 days. However, you must register for the session to access the recording.

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Sep 22, 2022

Please join us for these important sessions on tax credits that put money in the pockets of individuals experiencing homelessness and former foster youth. Opportunities for organizations and young adults to partner with IRS Stakeholder Partnerships, Education and Communication (SPEC) will be provided.

All organizations and non-profits serving youth experiencing homelessness and former foster youth are cordially invited to attend a symposium to learn more about changes in the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) that now make working youth 18 years or older potentially eligible for this valuable credit. Please register for the symposium. If you are unable to attend at the assigned time, you can review the recording at your convenience. It will be available for 30 days. However, you must register for the session to access the recording.

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Sep 28, 2022

A Virtual Policy Briefing Hosted by State Senator Anna Caballero and John Burton Advocates for Youth

Over the last 5 years, California has invested $533 million in addressing homelessness among youth, helping serve more than 11,000 youth. While this has greatly expanded the state’s capacity to address youth homelessness and represents significant progress, how do we measure this progress? How close are we to functionally ending youth homelessness?

Please join us to learn from A Way Home Washington, where 10 communities in Washington State are on their way to achieving functional zero youth homelessness and have the data capability needed to measure data and progress in real-time.

The panel will also feature Community Solutions, the team behind the national Built for Zero initiative focused on measurably and equitably ending homelessness. Built for Zero has supported 14 communities to reach functional zero and works in close partnership with A Way Home Washington.

Panelists:

Ashley Barnes-Cocke, A Way Home Washington

Julie Patiño, A Way Home Washington

Melanie Lewis Dickerson, Community Solutions

Beth Sandor, Community Solutions

Aug 31, 2022

Please join John Burton Advocates for Youth for a webinar discussing the upcoming expansion of transitional housing for former foster youth, in addition to important related policy changes.

As of July 1, 2022, the length of the Transitional Housing Program-Plus (THP-Plus) increased from 24 to 36 months for all youth. Additionally, youth may participate until they turn 25 instead of 24. THP-Plus is administered by county child welfare agencies, which most often contract with non-profit organizations to provide housing and supportive services to former foster and out-of-home probation youth.

These policy changes were accompanied by $25.3 million in the 2022-23 state budget to expand the number of youth that can be served in transitional housing. This annual investment has the potential to fund an additional 800 housing slots, which would increase the program’s capacity from approximately 1,300 to 2,100 youth. The $25.3 million in funding was directed to the Transitional Housing Program administered by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) to county child welfare agencies, a funding source commonly used in combination with local THP-Plus funding.

The webinar will feature a representative from HCD who will outline the process for accessing Transitional Housing Program funding, in addition to a JBAY staff member who will provide recommendations for both immediate and longer-term steps that county child welfare agencies and THP-Plus providers can take in response to the THP-Plus policy changes and expansion.