5.12 Funding Strategies for Programs Serving Homeless Youth 2011 National Conference on Ending Homelessness Thursday, July 14, 2011 – 12:45-2:15 Jeffrey Fetzko, ACSW, LSW, CFRE Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org Somerset Home – Bridgewater, NJ
New Jersey Homeless Youth Act
The New Jersey Homeless Youth Act (NJHYA) was signed into law by Governor Whitman in 1999. Mirrored after the federal "Runaway and Homeless Youth Act", NJHYA provides youth the ability to access shelters (basic centers) without a court order. The law initially provided $1 million annually and allows for shelters (basic centers), transitional-living programs and street outreach programs to be funded.
New Jersey is the 21st state to adopt such a law.
In 2005, the law expanded - due to a state “modified settlement agreement” and provided for more transitional-living programs and aging-out services. The law supported more than $14m in services by 2010.
Runaway and Homeless Youth and the Law Runaway and Homeless Youth and the Law: Model State Statutes is a unique publication that provides guidance for policymakers, advocates, attorneys and service providers on how state laws can assist runaway and homeless youth. Runaway and Homeless Youth and the Law: Model State Statutes is a necessity for any person or agency interested in improving state laws so these vulnerable youth can find safety, services and stability.
Somerset Home’s e-Help
Opt-in contribution program allowing a donor to contribute to a specific youth’s request which is not in the budget.
Since its inception in late 2004, e-Help has received 310 gifts totaling $27,937.
Donations have fulfilled residents’ requests such as prom expenses (dresses, tuxes, corsages), yearbooks, senior pictures, class trips, class rings, dance sneakers, drum lessons, team basketball sneakers, sewing machine, a summer scholars program at Princeton University.
College Tuition Waiver and Scholarship Programs Most states offer a waiver or payment of college tuition plan. NJ Foster Scholars ProgramNJ supplemented the tuition waiver program with a provision making all youth in TLP programs eligible for $5,000 per year for up to five years. http://www.nacac.org/adoptionsubsidy/factsheets/tuition.html
Somerset Home Scholarship Program All honor/memorial contributions coming into the agency go to the endowment/scholarship fund. Over ten years, the endowment account has grown to nearly $200,000. $10,000 per year is distributed in $500 scholarships.