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COVID-19 Virus Resources – Cell Phones, Laptops, Work Study Payments, Free Storage


As the situation surrounding the COVID-19 virus becomes increasingly urgent, efforts are underway to address the needs of foster youth, homeless youth and other vulnerable populations. Several are listed below. California Youth Connection is maintaining an updated list.


  • John Burton Advocates for Youth is working with iFoster to distribute laptops to campus programs and organizations working with foster and homeless youth impacted by classes going online. Campus programs and organizations interested in accessing this resource should complete this FORM. Requests must come from campuses or organizations who will then distribute the laptops to their students. Individual students should contact their campus support program or the organization that assists them.



  • The Department of Education has issued guidance clarifying that work-study payments may continue in the event of a school closure and other clarifications related to financial aid policies.


  • U-Haul is offering 30 days of free storage for college students.


  • Comcast and Spectrum are offering free Wi-Fi to households with students.


  • The Hope Institute has released a guide to helping college students during the COVID-19 crisis. SchoolHouse Connection has prepared a resource guide to assist school-age children and youth.