COVID-19 Resources

As the situation surrounding the COVID-19 virus becomes increasingly urgent, efforts are underway to address the needs of foster youth, homeless youth and other vulnerable populations. Several are listed below.

  • Free Laptops

    John Burton Advocates for Youth is working with iFoster to distribute laptops to campus programs and organizations working with foster youth impacted by classes going online. Campus programs interested in accessing this resource should complete this FORM. Requests must come from campuses who will then distribute the laptops to their students. Individual students should contact their campus support program that assist them.

  • Free Storage

    U-Haul is offering 30 days of free storage for college students.

  • Free Internet

    Comcast and Spectrum are offering free Wi-Fi to households with students.

  • Work Study Payments

    The Department of Education has issued guidance clarifying that work study payments may continue in the event of a school closure and other clarifications related to financial aid policies.

  • Housing Help

    Together We Rise is helping foster and former foster youth who are being displaced because of dorm and school closures.

Glossary of Resource Guides

The U.S. Children’s Bureau sent a letter to state child welfare agencies urging them to reach out to any foster youth on a college campus to make sure they had safe living options. “We urge child welfare agencies to work with colleges and universities, urging them to continue to provide housing as appropriate to meet the special needs of youth in foster care/formerly in foster care,” said the letter, sent by Children’s Bureau Associate Commissioner Jerry Milner.