This is a running resource list for foster youth impacted by campus closures. It was compiled by grassroots organizers and is not affiliated with any one organization. Please add contact info, and location for resources as they become available, into the table. Take care of each other. hope is not cancelled.

Together We Rise -USA

If you are or know of a foster youth that is staying at the college dorm room that is going to be closed due to the corona virus please email info@togetherwerise.org and we will provide or help you find housing during this transition.

UHaul -USA and Canada

President John “JT” Taylor announced that U-Haul will extend 30 days of free self-storage at U-Haul-owned and -operated facilities to help college students impacted by unforeseen schedule changes at their universities. The free month applies to new customers with college IDs and is a limited-time offer subject to availability. Click on uhaul.com/storage to find the store nearest you. Contact the store by phone or visit in person to take advantage of the off

Local Food Banks -USA

https://www.feedingamerica.org/find-your-local-foodbank

iFoster (California)

iFoster: We may be able to help you with smartphones/hotspots with unlimited data to stream your classes, & tablets, chromebooks & laptops. You MUST be a current or former foster youth & current student at a college, high school or middle school. Follow the link to complete the form, click "submit" & we'll be in touch asap. https://www.tfaforms.com/4811639 #iamifoster

Unemployment Benefits (national)

https://www.reuters.com/article/usa-economy-labor/u-s-labor-department-allows-unemployment-benefits-for-coronavirus-idUSW1N29L03G?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf&fbclid=IwAR16T0rwyFJxjjPmYJlRn8ApCrzUJybRfKxuOPpZfKiNx5MSJKpq89uAHcA

CA: https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm

Internet plans (Spectrum)

Spectrum plans to offer free internet to students without access as the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, forces some schools to switch to online learning.

Beginning March 16, the company commits to offering free internet for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students who don't already have a Spectrum subscription.

It is also opening its Wi-Fi hotspots for public use.

To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395. Or for more information, click here.

Internet Plans (Comcast, AT&T, Verizon)

In response to the virus, Comcast also announced it would offer two months of free internet services to low-income households in its service areas.

Meanwhile, AT&T said it would waive internet data overage fees for customers who have capped data plans.

Verizon issued a statement saying it would waive any late fees and not terminate any service for the next 60 days.

discounted student flights (Frontier)

Students can now fly free** on Frontier Airlines to nearly 100 destinations, making student travel easier and more affordable than ever. One student can fly free for every round-trip Discount Den Fare purchased on qualifying flights and dates.

In addition to the Students Fly Free** offer, students with a .edu email address who sign up for a new Discount Den membership and book a flight will receive a flight voucher for future use, valued at $59.99*, which is equivalent to the cost of an annual Discount Den membership. More information is available at http://www.studentsflyfree.com/

TV/Technology

In response to the virus, Comcast also announced it would offer two months of free internet services to low-income households in its service areas.

Meanwhile, AT&T said it would waive internet data overage fees for customers who have capped data plans.

Verizon issued a statement saying it would waive any late fees and not terminate any service for the next 60 days.

https://cnycentral.com/news/local/spectrum-to-offer-free-internet-access-for-students-due-to-coronavirus?fbclid=IwAR2X8ok9_7_84n9Rbn1US0GLWesY4uxLu5FHwfBfCZu4Euov3Vm-Mh2reww

Ohio state university;

“We understand that there will be exceptions and extenuating circumstances. We will work with students who will not be able to return home during this time period on an individual basis. Residence halls and some dining halls will remain open during this process. Additional communications, including information about move-out procedures, will follow shortly from University Housing in the Office of Student Life.

Contact: Office of Student Life

studentlife@osu.edu”

https://studentlife.osu.edu/articles/spring-semester-2020-move-out/?fbclid=IwAR1KF3aB7CsDi4O6bdQY7UdJw86C2pqXQTkL_iVA19xnys2erMYg7zKqzUE

CA- calfresh, food stamps

tips for foster youth students accessing food stamps in CA (having a child under 6, participating in AB12, or being involved in a campus support program like guardian scholars means the 20 hour work week rule doesn’t apply to you!)

https://www.jbaforyouth.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/11-28-17-Web-Seminar-CalFresh-for-Foster-Youth-Students.pdf

Bay Area

Braid Mission has a volunteer network that can respond to specific needs. (braidmission@gmail.com)

mental health - NAMI

NAMI is operating a mental health hotline if you are experiencing anxiety or other wellness needs call 800-950-6264 or text 741741 ! They also provide a whole list of resources;

https://www.nami.org/getattachment/Press-Media/Press-Releases/2020/COVID-19-and-Mental-Illness-NAMI-Releases-Importan/COVID-19-Updated-Guide-1.pdf?lang=en-US

-laptops for remote learning

ONE SIMPLE WISH urgent: if you are in foster care or ever were, and need a laptop for remote learning email info@onesimplewish.org we are here to help onesimplewish.org 

We may be able to help you with smartphones/hotspots with unlimited data to stream your classes, & tablets, chromebooks & laptops. You MUST be a current or former foster youth & current student at a college, high school or middle school. Follow the link to complete the form, click "submit" & we'll be in touch asap. https://www.tfaforms.com/4811639 #iamifoster

Unemployment Benefits (California)

Benefits for workers impacted by COVID-19 are posted in a helpful summary chart by Labor and Workforce Development Agency here.

There are three options for workers affected by COVID-19. Sick or quarantined Californians who are unable to work due to having or being exposed to the virus can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim online.

If you're unable to work because you're taking care of a sick or quarantined relative with COVID-19, you can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim, according to EDD.

Californians whose hours have been reduced by their employer or who have lost their job due to their employer shutting down operations, can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim.

John Burton Advocate for Youth

JBAY compiled a resource list for homeless and foster college students on their website https://www.jbaforyouth.org/covid-19-resources/

Comcast

Availability of services map

From the President: I’m also proud to share that we’ve taken the Keep Americans Connected Pledge. This means that for the next 60 days, we’ve committed to waive late fees and to not terminate a residential or small business customer’s service due to financial circumstances associated with COVID-19. We are also suspending data usage limits for consumer customers during this time pe cc riod due to COVID-19.

COVIDE19 FINANCIAL SOLIDARITY WORKSHEET (Bay Area Mostly, but not limited)

An organized document of offers and requests for financial and other supports. You can add directly add cashapp/venmo

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1FBEU0cdAGpScU0JrOlYFm8FrY1Bjr0_HsyW4hWOj74I/edit?fbclid=IwAR0JEMslDlce8kSJ3nqJI6N05fxa93Wc8lY0JCYT9Et2xrXIdtjLGBLuOGM#gid=749783842

Trans Lifeline

Trans Lifeline hotline is open. They are a trans-led organization that connects trans people to the community, support, and resources they need to survive and thrive. Hotline:

877-565-8860

East Bay Mutual Aid Form

If you are in need of assistance following the COVID-19 outbreak please fill out the following survey. The information you provide will be shared with volunteers so they may contact you if they are able to help. To maintain privacy, your name is not required to accept aid. We only ask for minimal information regarding health conditions so we can keep our volunteers safe and prepared.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeL8HnzhwF83qq3qyDJPsE0fTSRweSp4RBZrNq-pTa3un60qg/viewform

South Bay Mutual Aid Form

We are a coalition of community organizations (Serve the People San José, Silicon Valley DSA, Party for Socialism and Liberation, Anakbayan, Rapid Response Network, South Bay Community Land Trust), students, workers, and community members organizing a mutual aid fund.

If you are in need of assistance following the COVID-19 outbreak please fill out the following survey. The information you provide will be shared with volunteers so they may contact you if they are able to help. To maintain privacy, your name is not required to accept aid. We only ask for minimal information regarding health conditions so we can keep our volunteers safe and prepared.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/13DoFUR2WMEWy810nripBAEAI2mFec07nqbUGW85SKRA/viewform?edit_requested=true

FindHelp.org

You can enter your zip code and find resources for food assistance, help paying bills, and other free or reduced-cost programs that help people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

https://findhelp.org/?fbclid=IwAR0fAmaY8pTZoCOMisobwysLTP20gK37AlrORHhN_HlGmDRacOdEV_Oh5KY

ILP For Foster Youth

Monterey County

The Independent Living Program will continue to provide ILP workshops online to our foster youth in Monterey County.

For any questions please email

Anabel at aguzman@hartnell.edu or Marisela at mlemus@hartnell.edu