Chafee Funds Program of NYS: COVID-19 Cash Assistance for Foster Youth

submitted by Kiana Stamps, intern

The Chafee Program offers assistance to help current and former foster care youth achieve self-sufficiency. Additional Chafee Cash Assistance funds will be distributed on a one-time, first-come, first served basis in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

ELIGIBILITY:

  • Chafee cash assistance is available until September 30, 2021 for:
    • Young adults, 18 through 26 years of age, who were formerly in foster care in New York State at the age of 14 or older.
  • Chafee cash is available until September 30, 2022 for:
    • Young adults 18 through 20 years of age, who were formerly in foster care in NYS at age 14 or older and otherwise eligible for Chafee funding in NYS. Currently, the maximum age to receive Chafee ends at 21 in NYS.
    • 20-year-olds in foster care will have access to the additional Chafee funds to support transition.
  • Chafee cash assistance may be eligible for young adults currently or previously in foster care who experienced a COVID-19 related financial impact including but not limited to: housing/homelessness, transportation, utilities, technology barriers, child care challenges, food insecurity, medical expenses, loss of employment/reduced hours, serious illness of youth or family, or overall financial instability

HOW TO APPLY:

  • Use the Chafee online portal to report that you’ve been negatively impacted by the pandemic and submit one piece of identification.
  • Use this link to apply: https://chafeeny.smapply.org
  • The payments can be received through Direct Deposit, PayPal, Venmo, Cash App, Paper Check, and Visa Cash Card.
  • Expect a notification regarding your award amount from the Office of Children and Family Services within two weeks.

Additional information may be found here: https://ocfs.ny.gov/programs/youth/yes/ca-act.php

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