Carson City, NV – Time is running out for former foster youth who experienced foster care after the age of 14, and are between the ages of 18 and 27, to apply for time-limited COVID-19 pandemic relief funds. The federal Consolidated Appropriation Act was signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020 and provides additional funds and flexibilities for young people living in Nevada. The State has been awarded about $4 million in John H. Chafee Foster Care Program funds to be distributed to young people throughout the state, regardless of state in which they experienced foster care.
The Nevada Division of Child and Family Services is encouraging former foster youth to contact the child welfare representative in their area to see if they are eligible for the COVID-19 pandemic relief funds no later than September 30, 2021. Some of the assistance that former foster care youth may receive are funds to cover basic needs, rent, utilities, food, childcare, transportation, access to technology, and education/employment support.
“As an alumni of Nevada’s foster care system, I understand how important this support is for youth in, and transitioning out of, the foster care system,” said DaShun Jackson, Director of Children’s Safety and Welfare Policy at The Children’s Advocacy Alliance. “Nevada’s foster youth already face significant burdens, battles, challenges, and this pandemic has exacerbated these issues. With this support, the literal lives of young people can be changed!”
If you believe you may be eligible or want more information regarding available services and changes, please contact your local representative:
• Clark County (Las Vegas and surrounding area): DFSIndependentliving@clarkcountynv.gov
• Washoe County (Reno and surrounding area): firstname.lastname@example.org
• All other counties: email@example.com or (775) 884-2269
For more information, please visit www.nvfosteryouthfunds.com