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Economic Security
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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
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This publication profiles 10 organizations that have used the Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention (HHAP) program to reduce youth homelessness in their communities.
Last Updated Jun 14, 2022
Economic Security
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The purpose of this guide is to walk you through the process of filing your taxes from beginning to end for free with the support of myfreetaxes.org and TaxSlayer, the IRS free filing site.
Last Updated Jun 7, 2022
Housing & Homelessness
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These two publications profile projects awarded Homekey 2.0 funding to create housing for youth experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Administered by the California Department of Housing and Community Development, Homekey funds the purchase, rehabilitation, and construction of interim and permanent housing for individuals and families experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Homekey rounds two and three contain a “youth set-aside,” requiring 8% of Homekey funds to be available for projects serving youth.
Last Updated May 24, 2022
Housing & Homelessness
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This report analyzes how round 2 of the Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention (HHAP) program is serving youth and offers recommendations for policymakers and local jurisdictions. This report is the fourth in a series of JBAY reports on “youth set-aside funding” in state homelessness funding.
Last Updated Apr 20, 2022
Education
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Through a series of interviews with community college basic needs center staff, housing service providers, and other stakeholders, this report highlights innovative strategies for collaboration between college campuses and homelessness response systems that can help address college student homelessness.
Last Updated Apr 5, 2022
Education
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Senate Bill (SB) 12 requires child welfare and juvenile probation agencies to indicate in the case plans of all foster youth ages 16 and older at least one designated support person who will assist them with college and financial aid applications. This publication and corresponding resources provide child welfare and probation agencies with practical strategies to implement SB 12 requirements and increase foster youth postsecondary success.
Last Updated Mar 29, 2022
Education
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This report, created in collaboration with the Fostering Academic Achievement Nationwide network, documents a range of state level policies designed to support postsecondary success for students with experience in foster care. The report includes examples of policies that strengthen both college access and persistence and includes sections of financial assistance, housing support, campus-based support programs, workforce development and more.
Last Updated Mar 10, 2022
Housing & Homelessness
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This resource lists JBAY’s annual reports starting in 2019 focused on state homelessness funding with a “youth set-aside,” a specific percentage of funding designated to address homelessness among youth. The programs include the Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP), the Homeless Housing, Assistance & Prevention (HHAP) program, and Homekey.
Last Updated Mar 1, 2022
Education
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For students who have experienced homelessness, applying for financial aid can be confusing and overwhelming. These resources for both students and professionals take the mystery out of applying for and keeping financial aid. Included on this page are a comprehensive Financial Aid Guide, a step-by-step visual guide to the FAFSA and an “After the FAFSA” Checklist.
Last Updated Feb 22, 2022
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