New Job Corps Policy on Homeless Youth
Job Corps is a national career technical training and education program for low-income youth ages 16 to 24. Students receive hands-on training and the opportunity to earn a high school degree or GED. While enrolled in the program, students receive housing, meals, basic medical care, and living allowances.
Due to budget issues, enrollment in Job Corps has been suspended. However, youth who are homeless or in foster care are exempted from this suspension, and may still apply. Last month, this policy was clarified so that youth who are verified as homeless by a school district homeless liaison, and/or are receiving services under the education subtitle of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, are eligible for participation in Job Corps under the current enrollment suspension guidelines. A simple letter from the local liaison is sufficient documentation for Job Corps to certify the applicant as homeless, thus qualifying for an exception to the enrollment suspension.
There are 125 Job Corps centers nationwide. Visit http://www.jobcorps.gov/centers.aspx to find a center near you.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
For more information, contact Barbara Duffield, NAEHCY Policy Director, at email@example.com.