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DYFS After 18
- going to school; or
- participating in an education or vocational program; or
- Working; or
- A combination of these activities
- You were in a DYFS placement after the age of 16; and
- You are between the ages of 18-21; and
- You have completed, or are currently in, a Life Skills Program; and
- You are actively participating in an After Care program
Chafee Wrap Around money is not a right or an entitlement. It is money that you may have access to if you meet the above criteria. The After Care Programs administer these funds, so it is very important that you call the After Care programs and see what you need to do to apply. Click Here for a list of After Care Programs.
Chafee Wrap Around Funds will help pay for things like:
- School application & job placement fees
- Security deposits, & up to 4 months rent
- Driving lessons, Mentoring services and Tutoring
If you are living in a DYFS paid placement, where all of your housing and food is being provided, you will not get the IL stipend. There are some DYFS programs, where your rent maybe covered, but you have to pay for your own food. In this case, DYFS would give you the $40 per week for food, but not the $45 per week for rent.
However, if you are not living in a DYFS placement and find your own place to live, such as with a friend or roommate, you may be eligible for the IL stipend. First, DYFS must look at your place to make sure you have your own bed. DYFS must deem the place is “safe and appropriate” for you to live. If so, then you may qualify for the IL stipend. In order to qualify for the IL stipend, you have to be in school, a job training program, and/or have a job, and not making very much money.
In addition, you might be eligible for a clothing stipend of $80 per month, if approved by the Local Office Manager. You may be eligible for the clothing stipend, even if you are living in a DYFS paid placement and do not get the IL stipend. Just ask your case manager for details.
Also, you may have access to Chaffee wrap around money, up to $4000, to help you with the security deposit and/or up to 4 months rent. To be eligible for this money, you must be actively participating in an aftercare program in your county and participating in or have completed a Life Skills class. To find the aftercare program in your area, click here.
Although DYFS can give you some money to assist you with your own place, it is usually not enough to cover all the cost of living on your own. You should meet with your DYFS worker, Law Guardian, CASA worker, or another trusted adult to help you make a budget to see how much it will actually cost to live in your own apartment.