COVID-19 Response and Relief Supplemental

On Monday, December 21, Congress passed the COVID-19 Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, this act allowed for specified federal agencies to provide temporary flexibilities and assistance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and public health emergency.

Division X, the "Supporting Foster Youth and Families" included additional, supplemental funding or enhanced funding for several programs. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted so many of us, but foster youth and former foster youth are among the most vulnerable. If you were in care on or after your 14th birthday you may qualify for some, or all of the resources listed below:

Additional Chafee (YIT) funding and age extension.

Chafee (YIT) funding can be used to provide services and assistance to eligible youth or young adults who experienced foster care at age 14 and have not yet reached age 27. Funds can be used to support:

  • Transportation
  • One-time direct financial assistance
  • Housing
  • Other living expenses
  • Medical expenses not covered by other health insurance
  • Technology tools (i.e laptop, tablet, internet)

 

Division X created a moratorium on aging out of care until September 30, 2021.

No youth who is currently in foster care between the ages of 18 to 21 should be forced to have their foster case closed prior to September 30, 2021.

Did your Michigan foster care case already close after you turned 18, but and you are not yet 22? 

You may be able to enter the Young Adult Voluntary Foster Care (YAVFC) program, even if not meeting all the regular requirements!     

Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program award amounts increased!

Are you in college?  Did you know that ETV award amounts have been temporarily increased? You can now be awarded up to $12,000 for the year!

If you think you may be eligible for any of the above Division X resources, and want to get more information, complete the survey link right away. You will be contacted about what you may be able receive.

TAKE THE SURVEY

Who to contact if you have additional questions:

MDHHS-YouthInTransition@michigan.gov