Consolidated Appropriations Act

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The Federal Government announced funding to support foster youth through the pandemic by supplementing the John H. Chafee program and the Education Training Voucher program. In addition, flexibilities were announced to allow 21-year-old to voluntarily remain or re-enter foster care.

The John H. Chafee Program

The John H. Chafee Program offers assistance to help current and former foster care youths achieve self-sufficiency. The federal government has granted additional funding of $12,961,217 to New York State for Chafee Funds, which will be available through September 30, 2022.

Chafee funding awards available through September 30, 2021 include:

Chafee funding awards available through September 30, 2022 includes:

Final Chafee Consolidated Appropriations Act Presentation (5/12/2021)

Re-entry/Aging out

The Education and Training Voucher (ETV)

The Education and Training Voucher (ETV), makes available vouchers of up to $5,000 per year per youth, for post-secondary education and training for eligible youth. The additional funding from the federal government temporarily increases ETV awards from up to $5000, to up to $12,000 until September 30, 2022.

Please note: No student may receive an ETV award for more than five years regardless if consecutive or not.

Get information about ETV.