Q. Who is eligible for ILP funds?
A. Youth ages 16 up to 21 are eligible for ILP services. However, Los Angeles County has chosen to provide some assistance to youth ages 14 and 15 through the Youth Development Services (YDS) contracted agencies; Para Los Ninos and The Community College Foundation offers academic assessments and Free Tutoring if eligible.
Q. What can I get from ILP?
A. Assistance is provided in the areas of education, assistance, employment, life skills training and housing.
Q. Where can I go to get ILP?
A. If you are an emancipated youth, you can contact one of the Transition Resource Centers or Transition Coordinators. If your case is not closed, discuss it with your Children's' Social Worker (CSW) or Deputy Probation Officer (DPO).
Q. Who do I call to learn more about ILP?
A. You can call the receptionist at the administrative office at 1(877) 694-5741/ (213) 351-0100, you will be directed to the appropriate place.
Q. Who can I talk to about what I could and/or should do first?
A. You can contact your Transition Coordinator, DPO Transition Coordinator or social worker.
Q. How do I get the ILP help or services in which I am eligible?
A. You can contact your Transition Coordinator or DPO Transition Coordinator and they should be able to assist you with your situation. But, you also must provide them with proper documentation in order for them to assist you.
Q. How do I get enrolled in an ILP class?
A. Your social worker will send a referral over to the ILP program. Usually, a referral is generated by the time you are 16 years old.
Q. My case is terminated, can I still get help?
A. Yes, an ILP eligible youth can receive assistance up until their 21st birthday. Even if your case is terminated and you were in foster care after your 16th birthday, you can still receive services.
Q. I get student financial aid, can I still get help?
Q. I work full-time, can I still get help with food and rent?
A. Generally, youth can get help depending on their situation and the proper documentation provided to your Transition Coordinator or your DPO Transition Coordinator. Your Coordinator will assess your situation and work on a plan with you.
Q. I live with my real mother or father now, can I still get help?
A. Yes, if you were in foster care at the time of your 16th birthday you are still eligible for ILP assistance.
Q. When do I get my senior money? Why not sooner?
A. The senior money is issued after the first semester of your senior year. After the first semester of your senior year you will need to provide documentation stating that you are on track to graduate. Contact your Transition Coordinator or DPO.
Q. When do I get my laptop computer? WHY did everyone else get one when they graduated?
A. You may receive a computer and / or laptop depending on the County's budget and if there is money available at the time of your request. Your Transition Coordinator will be able to assist you. If there is no money in the budget at the time of your request, then a laptop or computer will not be issued to you at that time. Once again, it depends on the County's budget.
Q. What do I do to have my car insurance paid?
A. You must be a former foster youth who no longer has an open case. You will be required to provide specific information to your Transition Coordinator or DPO. Car insurance is limited to the availability of funds and is need based. If there are no funds in the budget, you cannot receive this service.
Q. How do I get my Medi-Cal reinstated?
A. If you are a former foster youth dial the toll free number at 1-877-597-4777 or call 213-351-7725. If your case is still open, call your social worker.
Q. How do I get copies of my social security card or birth certificate?
A. Upon exiting the foster care system your social worker is responsible for providing you with your social security card and your birth certificate. If you have exited foster care and do not have a copy of your social security card, you can call the main number at 1-800-772-1213. If you need a copy of your birth certificate you can call 562-462-2137.
Q. Who do I call to get transition housing?
A. You can call Lynn Durham at 213-351-0190, or Robert Goldberg at 213-351-0184.
Q. How do I get my rent paid?
A. You need to contact your Transition Coordinator or your DPO Coordinator for assistance.
Q. What does ILP require to pay your rent?
A. You should be working full-time, part-time or in school. You will also need to provide paycheck stubs and a rental agreement. If your rent was already paid, you will need to provide receipts to request reimbursement. Contact your Transition Coordinator or DPO.
Q. What other bills, things will ILP fund provide to me?
A. ILP may provide some utilities deposits if funding is available.
Q. How do I apply for student financial aid?
A. You can apply for financial aid by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application which is available online and at all school financial aid offices. Visit www.fafsa.ed.gov to get started.
Q. What help will you give me if I receive General Relief or TANF-CALWorks, SSI?
A. You can still receive education-related equipment and supplies, transportation assistance, work-related equipment and supplies. Contact your Transition Coordinator or DPO.
Q. How soon will I receive my check for rent, books and supplies, senior expenses, transportation?
A. You should receive your check within 6-8 weeks.
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