This was introduced by Rep. Danny Davis (D- IL) and Rep. Jackie Walorski (R - IN) on Aug 7, 2020. The proposal includes almost every #UpChafee ask, and so much more to help families through this crisis!
If enacted, the Act would:
Provide $400 million for Chafee to help youth with education, employment, financial management, housing, emotional support and assured connections to caring adults
Expand Chafee eligibility through age 26
Reserve an extra $50 million for Chafee Education & Training Vouchers, and raise the amount per youth from $5,000 to $12,000 each year
Remove the 30% cap on room and board and other education/work requirements for ETV and extended care
Moratorium on aging out (and allows for re-entry into care)
And other important provisions to support families through the COVID pandemic, including increased funding and support for:
MaryLee Allen Promoting Safe and Stable Families Program
Court Improvement Program
Home Visiting Program
Kinship Navigator Program
We urge members of Congress to work together and act swiftly so that foster youth and families can get the COVID-19 Emergency Aid they so desperately need!
The application for financial assistance in response to the Covid-19 Pandemic is open NOW! These funds are time-sensitive so please apply as soon as possible and spread the word to other current and former foster youth between the ages of 18 - 26. APPLY TODAY !