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Chafee Room and Board

Chafee Room and Board

The John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program offers assistance to help current and former foster care youths achieve self-sufficiency. Federal funds are provided to states to assist youth in a wide variety of areas designed to support a successful transition to adulthood. Activities and programs include, but are not limited to; help with education, employment, financial management, housing, emotional support, and assured connections to caring adults for older youth in foster care. The program is intended to serve youth who are likely to remain in foster care until age 18; youth who, after attaining 16 years of age; have left foster care for kinship guardianship or adoption; and young adults ages 18-21 who have "aged out" of the foster care system.

One component of the broader program is the Chafee Room and Board initiative.  Through a contract with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, KHC administers this initiative.  Eligible participants are young adults ages 18-21 who were in foster care at their 18th birthday or who were in the juvenile justice system.  After applying for the program, in consultation with one of the Cabinet’s regional case managers, and being approved by the Cabinet, KHC issues a voucher that provides housing for up to 12 months.  Funds are available for rental assistance based on income, rental and utility security deposits, utility assistance in some cases, and a Household Setup Fund to help furnish the living space.  KHC’s services include providing oversight to the program, assistance to the participants in finding a unit, negotiating with landlords, ensuring that the units are safe and decent, and being the contact for any issues that arise during the term of the lease.  The Cabinet contracts with Community Action Council of Lexington for ongoing case management and for the other components of Chafee Room and Board.

For more information about the program, contact us.