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Published on: 6/13/2017 4:28 PM


Crisis/Emergency Services

Las Plumas Family Shelter
Temporary shelter and support services for homeless families

Shelter services including meals and basic necessities like showers and toiletries

Suicide Prevention and Crisis Lines
Crisis counselors who listen and offer support, resources and information

  • 1 (800) SUICIDE
  • 1 (800) 273-TALK

Education Support (on Campus) for Former Foster Youth

University of California

California State Universities

Community Colleges

  • DeAnza
    Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOP&S) provides support services to assist low income and academically disadvantaged students be successful in college
  • Evergreen Valley
    Youth Employment Strategies for Success (YESS) provides support, resources, and academic counseling for former foster youth
  • Gavilan
    Financial aid, scholarships, resources, and support for former foster youth
  • Mission
    Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOP&S) provides support services to students who would not typically pursue, or have the opportunity to pursue, a college education
  • San Jose City
    Foster Youth Success Initiative (FYSI) and Youth Employment Strategies for Success (YESS) programs provide support, resources, and academic counseling for former foster youth
  • West Valley
    Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOP&S) and other services and programs that provide support, resources and some financial aid via grants

Education Support and Information (High School)

Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) Foster Youth Services (FYS)
Information about services, laws, and regulations pertaining to foster youth education

Employment, Jobs, and Careers

Ascent Employment
A no-fee, community job resource center

Center for Employment Training (CET)
Job training, support services, and job placement assistance. Locations in San Jose and Gilroy

ConXión to Community (formerly known as Center for Training & Careers)
Provides job training and employment services

NOVA Connect Business Services Center
Provides one-stop centers for job seekers, job workshops, and job training resources. Located in Sunnyvale, serves north county area

NOVA Youth Employment Office
Provides one-stop job center for youth and young adults

work2future One Stop Centers
Career center providing employment services, workshops, job training, and job resources. Locations in San Jose and Gilroy

Food and Meals

City Team Mission
Hot meals served for breakfast and dinner

Food Connection
Referrals to locations that provide meals and groceries (usually in exchange for work). Call 1 (800) 984-3663

Hot Meals in Santa Clara County
Hot meals and grocery items

Martha’s Kitchen
Hot meals served

Second Harvest Food Bank
Distribution of food to individuals in exchange for work

Grants and Scholarships for Former Foster Youth

Chafee Grant Program
A state grant offered to youth who were formerly in foster care and meet eligibility requirements. Grants are up to $5,000/year for career technical training or college education

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Application for financial aid provided through government funds. Award is based on income and financial need

Online database/search engine with links to various scholarships opportunities

Orphan Foundation of America (OFA)
Scholarships for former foster youth who are pursuing higher education

Silicon Valley Children’s Fund (SVCF)
Youth Education Scholarship (Y.E.S.) - Annual scholarship for former foster youth in Santa Clara County to help meet financial need while attending college, university, career or vocational training

Health Services

Gardner Family Health
Primary health care and behavioral/mental health services
Medi-Cal for former foster youth - Emancipated foster youth may be eligible for transitional Medi-Cal up to age 21. Call to verify eligibility, reinstate services, or get a new Medi-Cal card
(408) 975-5760

Planned Parenthood
Services include general health care, birth control, testing, women’s and men’s health care, LGBTQ services

Rotacare Free Clinics
Free medical services

Santa Clara County Mental Health Department
Consumer and family information, resources, and services

Housing Programs and Services
*For Shelter services please refer to “Crisis/Emergency Services”

Housing Authority of the County of Santa Clara
The Housing Authority is an agency that provides housing services including: Section 8, family subsidized housing, and a search engine for low-income housing throughout the county.

THP-Plus-Transitional Housing Placement Plus Program
To be eligible for THP-Plus, youth must be emancipated from foster care and between the ages of 18 and 23 years old. Those interested must call to be placed on the waitlist. Contact: Marisela Martinez @ (408) 501-6839.

THP-Transitional Housing Programs To be eligible for THP, youth must be homeless and emancipated from foster care. Youth cannot be dependents of the court. THP is not supervised by the County. Youth must be 18 years of age in order to participate in THP

Legal Assistance

Bay Area Legal Aid

Civil legal services for low income communities

Legal Advocates for Children and Youth (LACY)
Services and education for foster and probation youth

Legal Aid Society of Santa Clara County 
Services and education related to family law, housing, immigration, and other legal matters

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning (LGBTQQ) Services

The Outlet

Safe, supportive, confidential services and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth

Lyric (Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center) 
A community center offering comprehensive services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth 23 and under

Billy De Frank LGBTQ Community Center
Offers a wide variety of free or low-cost social activities, groups, counseling services. Youth, adult, senior, and family programs available