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COVID-19 Resources


 

Foster and Kinship Care

Free workshops, professional growth opportunities for all foster and resource families, college students, parents, educators, and anyone interested in parenting classes

Classes are available for B, D, F, or W rate renewal

And RFA Annual Renewal Training Hours


Health and Wellness

Be The Difference

Be The Difference SCV is a comprehensive public campaign to bring awareness, education, and resources to the residents of Santa Clarita. By spreading awareness through education we can help break the stigma that is often associated with mental illness.

Your Wellbeing On Your Terms Brochure

This brochure lists mulitple resources for all round categories of health.

Staying Clearheaded During COVID-19

Feeling anxiety about coronavirus? A psychologist offers tips to stay clearheaded

Managing Fears and Anxiety around COVID-19

This will help guide you through managing emotion in these difficult times

Coping with Stress

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a new disease and what could happen can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Public health actions, such as social distancing, can make people feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety. However, these actions are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Coping with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.


Educational Resources

Comcast

Individuals may qualify for the Comcast Internet Essentials program if: 

  1. You are an active participant in programs such as: Head Start, National School Lunch Program, Medicaid, SNAP, SSI, WIC, VA Pension, Public Housing, TANF, LIHEAP, Tribal Assistance
  2. You do not have outstanding debt to Comcast that is less than a year old. Families with outstanding debt more than one year old may still be eligible.
  3. You live in an area where Comcast Internet service is available.
  4. You are not an existing Xfinity Internet customer and have not subscribed to Xfinity Internet in the last 90 days.

Charter/Spectrum

Individuals may qualify for the Spectrum Internet Assist program if one or more members of your household is a recipient of one of the following assistance programs:

  1. National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
  2. Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) of the NSLP

Supplemental Security Income (for applicants age 65+ only)

Charter is also offering households with K-12 students or college students free Spectrum Wi-Fi for 60 days. (It is important to note, customers who sign up for the free service will automatically be billed for using internet access after the first 60 days unless they call Spectrum to cancel the service.) There is no online or downloadable application. To enroll your household in the free Spectrum offer for students, call 1-844-488-8395.


Income Benefits and Employment

Income Benefits 

  • Income Benefits for College Students- Many students are dealing with emergency needs resulting from the COVID-19 crisis and the consequent economic downturn. The economic fallout from the crisis is likely to last months, if not years, and it is therefore crucial that students take action now to shore up their economic stability over the long term at the same time that they address emergent needs. The resources included may not offer immediate relief but are nonetheless crucial to put in place alongside emergency relief measures as quickly as possible.
  • Unemployment Insurance: If your hours have been reduced or your employer has shut down operations due to Coronavirus, you can file an Unemployment Insurance Claim: Visit the link here.

Employment Opportunities 


Affordable Clothing

SCV Assistance League

The Assistance League has a resale shop with reasonable prices and good selection of used clothing and household items.


Food Pantries

SCV Grocery

The SCV Grocery provides hope by serving the community of Santa Clarita with perishable groceries, dairy products, produce, bread, and basic necessities. Please visit their Facebook page for more information.

Help the Children

Help The Children organization is dedicated to serving economically challenged children and their families across food, supplies, clothing, bringing a message of hope.

SCV Food Pantry

Food distribution by the SCV Food Pantry is on a short-term, supplemental, need-basis without regard to applicants religion, ethnicity, race, gender, age, or sexual orientation.

CalFresh

CalFresh is for people with low-income who meet federal income eligibility rules and want to add to their budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table.


Foster Youth Resources

Department of Children and Family Services/Independent Living Coordinator (ILP)

An Independent Living Coordinator provides assistance to current and former foster/probation youth, 16-21 years of age. The ILP Coordinator is available to help current and former foster youth gain stability, economic well-being, social/emotional well-being and education and workforce readiness.  The local ILP Coordinator for Santa Clarita is:

LaShea Baker

shepla@dcfs.lacounty.gov

For more information visit: http://www.ilponline.org/Home/

Chafee Grant

If you are or were in foster care for at least one day, between the ages of 16 and 18 as a dependent or ward of the court and have financial need, you may qualify for up to $5,000 a year for career and technical training or college. You don’t have to pay this money back. You may also be able to use your grant to help pay for child care, transportation and rent while you’re in school. You can use your Chafee Grant at any eligible California college or university or career or technical school, as well as schools in other states.

Fostering Youth Independence

This organization is a non-profit in Santa Clarita that provides transition age foster youth (Ages 16 to 24) with necessary services, support and resources to make sure they can access educational opportunities and reach their goals.

Know Before You Go

Did you know that in California, foster care benefits don’t end at 18? When you turn 18, you have new options for supportive housing, financial assistance, and more, up to the age of 21. Find out more above.

Supervised Independent Living Placement (SILP)

If you are a youth in foster care placement, enrolled in college or working 80 hours per month, who turned age 18 on or after January 1, 2012, you can remain in foster care until age 20 under a Supervised Independent Living Placement (SILP). Beginning January 1, 2014, qualified youth can participate in extended foster care until age 21. SILP was created by California’s Fostering Connections to Success Act (also known as AB12). Upon completing a SILP Readiness Assessment, youth can receive direct financial support while living independently in an apartment, renting a room, residing in a college dorm and sharing a setting with a roommate. Contact your ILP Coordinator or Social Worker for information on how to apply.

I Can Afford College

This valuable website explains the different kinds of financial aid available and provides assistance with learning about your options and how to apply for various financial aid programs.

OYC LA Opportunity Youth Collaborative

The link above connects you to the weekly email archive of resources to benefit foster, transitional age youth ages 16-24. The weekly emails list job and internship opportunities, as well as free community events.

United Friends of the Children

United Friends of the Children empowers current and former foster youth on their journey to self-sufficiency through service-enriched education and housing programs, advocacy, and consistent relationships with a community of people who care.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness

(NAMI) has launched StrengthofUs.org, a new online community where young adults living with mental health concerns can provide mutual support in navigating unique challenges and opportunities during the critical transition years from ages 18 to 25. Developed by young adults, StrengthofUs.org is a user-driven social networking community where members can connect with peers, share personal stories, creativity and helpful resources by writing and responding to blog entries, engaging in discussion groups and sharing videos, photos and other news. Links to Crisis Hotline Information.


Homeless Adults and Families Resources (Age 25 and older)

Bridge to Home

If you are an adult 25 years or older, you may contact Bridge to Home for case management and housing resources

Hope of the Valley

Hope of the Valley has housing multiple housing programs for adults, transitional age youth (18-24), families and those living in their cars. Please visit their website to review the variety of services that they offer.

Family Promise

Family Promise brings shelter, meals, and support services to families without homes. Family Promise is a cost-efficient, effective community response to family homelessness. Please visit their website for more information.

211

In a crisis, you may call 211 LA. 211 LA is the central source for providing information and referrals for all health and human services in LA County. Our 2-1-1 phone line is open 24 hours, 7 days a week, with trained Community Resource Advisors prepared to offer help with any situation, any time.


Homeless Youth Resources (Under age 25)

The Village Drop-in Center

If you are a youth under the age of 25, our closest agency to assist you with locating housing is The Village Drop-In Center in North Hollywood. You must go to their office and be assessed for housing assistance and eligibility. Once you complete the assessment with them, they will place you in the youth coordinated entry system (YCES). By having you in this system, it will be easier for their housing navigators to assist you with placement. The Village Drop-In Center does not make appointments. It is recommended that you show up at 9:30 am to find out if you can meet with a housing navigator that day. The Village Drop-In Center is located at 6801 Coldwater Canyon Avenue, North Hollywood, 91605. The entrance to The Village Drop-In Center is located outside at the back of the building. Walk up to the door, knock and they will buzz you in.  Backpacks are not allowed in the facility. They will have you check-in your backpack at the front reception desk. Their hours of operation are listed below:

Monday – Friday: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Saturday – Sunday: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Peer Navigation

This will help guide you to resources that can end housing crisis


On Campus Student Support Services

Student Health and Wellness Center

The mission of the Student Health & Wellness Center is to help keep students physically and mentally healthy so that they can succeed in school and life. We provide clinical services, health education, referrals, and assistance in getting health insurance.

BaNC

the Basic Needs Center (BaNC) is a one-stop locale providing free food, clothing, personal hygiene items, and assistance with housing and social services coordinated through community providers.

AAC (Academic Accommodation Center)

AAC at College of the Canyons provides services for students with disabilities in compliance with the American Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. If you had an IEP or 504 in high school you may be eligible for support services.

EOPS (Extended Opportunity Programs and Services)

Extended Opportunity Programs & Services (EOPS) is a state-funded student support services program. Its purpose is to provide special recruitment, retention, and transition services to eligible students. The services offered are "above and beyond" those offered be the college's Student Services division. The primary services include assistance in the following areas: priority enrollment, counseling/advisement, and preparation for transition to four-year colleges and universities.

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office offers a complete array of financial support services which are designed to help YOU with the educational related expenses involved in obtaining your educational goal.


Social and Public Service Agencies

Social Security Administration

If you need a social security card you can obtain one for FREE by visiting the website for the Social Security Administration.

Free California Identification for Homeless residents

If you are homeless, you may be eligible for a free California identification card.

CalWORKS

CalWORKs is a public assistance program that provides cash aid and services to eligible families that have a child(ren) in the home. If a family has little or no cash and needs housing, food, utilities, clothing or medical care, they may be eligible to receive immediate short-term help. Families that apply and qualify for ongoing assistance receive money each month to help pay for housing, food and other necessary expenses.


Transportation

RISE Transportation Subsidy

RISE students in good standing may be eligible to receive transportation support. See your RISE counselor for details.

Santa Clarita Transit

Reduced Fair Santa Clarita Transit - As a College of the Canyons student, you may purchase a Santa Clarita Transit bus pass as an app on your phone for $20 that is valid for the whole semester. Visit the Campus Life & Student Engagement office to purchase your pass. For RISE students, in good standing, you may be eligible to receive this service for FREE. See your RISE counselor for details.

Metrolink

Reduced fair Metrolink – There are discounts available to college students who utilize Metrolink.


Educational Resources

Free Access to eTextbooks

VitalSource and Publishers to Provide Free Access to eTextbooks to Students Affected by COVID-19 Campus Closures

SCV Book Exchange

Your bookstore for College of the Canyons who rents, sells, and buys textbooks all year long.

COC Bookstore

Order your textbooks online!

Chegg

Chegg provides digital and physical textbook rentals, online tutoring, and other student services.


Filing Income Taxes

Tax Filing Deadline Extended to July 15, 2020 

The Internal Revenue Service and the California Franchise Tax Board have extended the tax filing deadline to July 15, 2020 in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The extension allows an extra three months for tax filers to complete and file their taxes. This extra time is critical for transition age youth who are newly eligible for the California Earned Income Tax Credit and Young Child Tax Credit. These tax credits can put hundreds or thousands of dollars back into youth’s pockets during this state of emergency.

Due to Governor Newsom’s executive order in response to coronavirus, free tax preparation locations, known as VITA sites, are currently closed. Additionally, tax preparation events have been cancelled or postponed until they can be rescheduled after the emergency. Transition age youth seeking free tax preparation support are encouraged to file online using one of many free online resources: