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Education
|Tools and Toolkits
The financial aid process no longer has to feel intimidating and confusing; JBAY has assembled a variety of resources that help take the mystery out of applying for and keeping financial aid.
Last Updated Sep 29, 2022
Education
|Tools and Toolkits
JBAY, in partnership SchoolHouse Connection, developed this toolkit for high school counselors as they support students experiencing homelessness with completing the FAFSA/CADAA. The toolkit includes tip sheets, a FAFSA/CADAA screening tool for homeless and foster youth, a timeline for financial aid and college applications, a sample Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Determination Letter, and frequently asked questions high school counselors may encounter.
Last Updated Sep 29, 2022
Education
|Tools and Toolkits
JBAY, in partnership with the Los Angeles County Office of Education Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program, developed this toolkit for high school counselors as they support foster youth complete the FAFSA/CADAA. Items in this toolkit include a Foster Youth and FAFSA/CADAA completion tips sheet, commonly used child welfare terms, and frequently asked questions high school counselors may encounter.
Last Updated Sep 29, 2022
Education
|Fact Sheet
The California FAFSA/CADAA Challenge for students experieicing homelessness, led by JBAY in partnership with SchoolHouse Connection and the California Department of Education (CDE), is a statewide campaign to increase the number of homeless students who are prepared for success as they matriculate from high school into college by ensuring that they are accessing financial aid. This page contains select resources designed for homeless education liaisons within County Offices of Education (COEs), Local Education Agencies (LEAs), and individual high schools to support the FAFSA/CADAA Challenge.
Last Updated Sep 29, 2022
Housing & Homelessness
|Webinar
This virtual policy briefing focused on youth homelessness featured A Way Home Washington, where 10 communities are on their way to achieving functional zero youth homelessness, and Community Solutions, the team behind the national Built for Zero initiative focused on measurably and equitably ending homelessness by reaching functional zero.
Last Updated Sep 28, 2022
Housing & Homelessness
|Webinar
This John Burton Advocates for Youth web seminar discussed 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.
Last Updated Aug 31, 2022
Economic Security
|Webinar
This John Burton Advocates for Youth webinar shares the results of a project to increase foster youth utilization of state and federal tax credits, stimulus checks, and tax rebates. The webinar covers the benefits of tax filing for TAY and what it takes to operate a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site dedicated to current and former foster youth.
Last Updated Aug 25, 2022
Economic Security
|Publication
This publication includes the findings of a six-county pilot project led by John Burton Advocates for Youth (JBAY) to ensure current and former foster youth receive state and federal tax credits and stimulus payments accessible by filing taxes. The purpose of the publication is to document the impact of tax filing on foster youth and to offer guidance to inform the implementation of the newly established state Foster Youth Tax Credit.
Last Updated Aug 24, 2022
Housing & Homelessness
|Fact Sheet
The 2022-23 California state budget includes funding for two mainstream homelessness programs with specified funding to address homelessness among youth: The Homekey Program (page 1) and the Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention (HHAP) Program (page 2). Information about these investments is included in budget bills SB 154, AB 178, and AB 180. Governing language is included in 2022 budget trailer bill on housing, SB 197, as well as the 2021 budget trailer bill on housing, AB 140. ______________________________
Last Updated Jul 28, 2022
Economic Security
|Fact Sheet
The 2022-23 California state budget includes ongoing funding, championed by Governor Gavin Newsom, State Controller Betty T. Yee, and Senator Anna Caballero to establish a refundable tax credit of up to $1,000 for current and former foster youth. Information about this investment is included in budget trailer bill, SB 201, and budget bill SB 154.
Last Updated Jul 28, 2022
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