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COVID-19 Resources

Support Foster Youth during the COVID-19 Health Crisis

From housing and job displacement, to lack of resources for food, or adequate technology for remote learning, foster youth need our help now more than ever. Together, with other organizations across LA County, we are doing all we can to provide resources for foster youth during this trying time.

Our efforts are focused on emergency fundraising and spreading awareness of the resources available to our community. Please lend your support!

Food

As economic fears grow and panic becomes more widespread, caregivers are increasingly worried about having enough food to support their foster youth.

Our role in connecting families and youth with resources and supplemental funding for food is critical.

Education

With courses moving online, students are dependent on access to laptops and WiFi to complete their schoolwork remotely. Many students in the foster community do not have access to these technologies.

One of our top priorities is to ensure that youth in our Scholars Program and across LA County get the technology they need to stay on track academically so that they don’t get left behind.

Employment

Layoffs have reached an all-time high amid the current health crisis. Foster youth are losing work or suffering from reduced hours with nowhere to turn.

We created a step-by-step guide on how to access unemployment benefits for our foster youth community. We are also providing college students who are out of part-time work with grants to supplement their living expenses in this time of need.

Your Support Matters

COVID-19 Resources
    • iFoster
      Become a member for access to resources, an online personal assistant, and job opportunities.
    • iFoster Phone Request Form
      California Community Colleges, in partnership with iFoster, are working to provide youth with free phones that come with unlimited data plans, free headphones, and can be used as internet hotspots. They can be delivered in bulk to schools or drop shipped to student’s homes.
    • John Burton Advocates for Youth
      John Burton Advocates for Youth is working with iFoster to distribute laptops to campus programs and organizations working with foster and homeless youth impacted by classes shifting to online. Requests must come from campuses or organizations who will then distribute the laptops to their students. Join the waitlist now.
    • Comcast
      Comcast is providing free internet access to low income families.
    • One Simple Wish Foundation
      One Simple Wish is helping current or former foster youth in need of a laptop for remote learning.
      Contact
      info@onesimplewish.org
    • ST Math
      Free access to virtual math resources for students in grades K-8.
    • LAUSD in collaboration with KCET and PBS
      List of educational resources for students in grades K-12.
    • Lil' Libros
      Lil’ Libros is providing free printable worksheets and coloring sheets for younger students. Subscribe on their site to receive daily sheets.
    • CA Employment Development Department
      Visit to apply to receive UI benefits, reopen a UI claim, and get up-to-date claim and payment information.
    • CA Employment Development Department
      Visit to submit your Disability Insurance and Paid Family Leave claims and forms online if you are unable to work due to illness.
    • CA Employment Development Department
      Visit to learn how to submit a Paid Family Leave claim if you are caring for someone who is ill.
    • CA Economic & Workforce Development Department
      Search for jobs, connect with advisors online in real time, and find more job loss resources.
    • YouthSource Centers
      YouthSource is a city-wide program open to young people ages 16-24. All of our services are FREE! Some of the opportunities our centers offer include: Work readiness, career exploration, job skills training, tutoring and computer training, college prep and mentoring and counseling.
    • WorkSource Centers
      Find free employment services for adults, the homeless and re-entry population including: free job training, employment referrals, customized job matching, resume and interview skills building and career guidance.
    • BusinessSource Centers
      Find LA's Policy Guide for LA Small Businesses and other resources to help your small business succeed.
    • Ralphs is Hiring!
      Find jobs at a Ralphs/Kroger near you and apply today.
    • Amazon is Hiring!
      Find jobs with Amazon near you and apply today.
    • Albertsons is Hiring!
      Find jobs at an Albertsons near you and apply today.
    • Costco is Hiring!
      Find a job at a Coscto near you and apply today.
    • Aldi is Hiring!
      Find a job at an Aldi near you and apply today.
    • Domino's Pizza is Hiring!
      Find a job at a Domino's Pizza near you and apply today.
    • Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
      Get assistance with your utility bills, defer disconnection for non-payments and request payment plans.
    • Southern California Edison
      Suspend service-disconnections for non-payments without late fee penalties.
      Contact
      You may also call SCE at 1-800-950-2356 for assistance.
    • LAUSD Free Meals Grab & Go Food Centers
      Los Angeles Unified will continue to provide nutritious meals to all students who need them during the temporary closure of schools.
    • LA Food Bank: Food Pantry Locator
      Enter your address in this website to find your local food pantry
    • Compton Unified Meal Schedule
      Free Breakfast And Lunch For Compton Children During School Closure In Response To COVID-19 Pandemic
    • Maker's Mark Restaurant Workers Relief Program
      Starting on March 19, in partnership with Maker’s Mark we will turn 6610 Melrose Ave into a relief center for any restaurant worker who has been laid off or has had a significant reduction in hours and/ or pay. We are offering help for those in dire need of food and supplies.
    • Ascension Lutheran Church
      Serving food to people ages 12 and up. Open Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
      Information
      Location: 3533 W. 58th Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90043
      Contact
      (323)292-4939
    • Blessed Sacrament Jesuit Parish
      Serving food to people ages 12 and up. Open Saturdays 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
      Information
      Location: 6657 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028
      Contact
      (323)462- 6311
    • First Church of the Nazarene
      Serving food to people ages 12 and up. Open Friday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
      Information
      Location: 3401 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90020
      Contact
      (213)385-6345
    • Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)
      The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program provides electronic food benefits to families equal to the value of meals children eligible for free or reduced-priced meals would have received at school. To learn more and apply, visit the site.
    • LA County Department of Mental Health - TAY Drop-In Centers
      Find a drop-in center near you for temporary safety and basic supports including: showers, meals, clothing, internet access, DVD/games, peer support groups and more.
    • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Helpline
      SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.
    • Coalition of Mental Health Professionals, Inc.
      Open at this time and is providing services to adults and youth aged 16 and older.
      Contact
      Location 9219 S Broadway Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90003 | Contact 323.777.3120
    • Care of your Coronavirus Anxiety
      Resources, including a toolkit, for anxiety and your mental health in a global climate of uncertainty.
    • UCLA RISE Center Guided Meditations
      Offering free guided meditations on SoundCloud.
    • Yoga with Adriene
      Free yoga classes on YouTube.
    • The New York Times - Well
      How to meditate with 4 guided meditations.
    • Virtual AA Meetings
      Online AA meetings will continue to use the same traditions and principles. Meeting lengths will be 60 minutes.
      Contact
      Visit link above to access the zoom meeting info.
    • This is what Trans looks like
      Providing food and basic supplies to individuals who identify as queer/ trans.
    • UHAUL
      Offering free storage for a month to help college students impacted by Covid-19. Students will need to show a student ID.
    • Frontier
      College students fly free during this time using promo code FLYFREE. Individuals will need a valid .EDU email.
    • The C19 Squad
      Providing general financial assistance to individuals, families, and businesses in need.
    • LA OYC (Opportunity Youth Collaborative) Instagram
      Follow the LA OYC Instagram to view and receive new resources daily
    • Alliance for Children's Rights
      We’re sharing a list of resources and information below that might be useful for Los Angeles-based foster care youth and families impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.
    • A Sense of Home
      First-ever home environments for youth aging out of foster care with donated furniture and home goods.
      Contact
      Brianna Beyrooty 310.804.8998 youth@asenseofhome.org
    • Together We Rise
      Displaced college students can apply for emergency assistance.
    • The City of Santa Monica Emergency Order
      The City of Santa Monica has placed an emergency order, suspending parking restrictions, Big Blue Bus fares, late penalties on city bills, COVID-19 related commercial and residential evictions, and Ellis Act evictions.
    • Housing Rights Center
      Contact if your landlord attempts to evict you because you cannot pay rent.
      Contact
      email info@housingrightscenter.org or call (800) 477-5977 and (213) 201-0867
    • Westlake Safe Parking Program
      This lot offers a safe place to stay overnight in a gated parking lot, access to bathroom facilities, financial assistance, and access to a mobile laundry truck.
      Contact
      Call Christine at (424) 343-7752
    • Glassell Park Safe Parking Program
      This lot offers a safe place to stay overnight in a gated parking lot, access to bathroom facilities, financial assistance, and access to a mobile laundry truck.
      Contact
      Call Christine at (424) 343-7752