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Rapid Response is a safety net program for college students with foster care experience that quickly addresses the challenges threatening a youth's ability to transition to and through college in pursuit of a career.

Our purpose is to eliminate barriers that hinder current and former foster youth from continuing with their post-secondary education. Alongside our network of supporters, we are dedicated to changing the legacy of college foster care students through empowerment, personal and professional development, and events-based fundraising.

What we can fund
housing assistance

Housing Assistance

meal assistance

Meal Assistance

utilities & personal expenses

Utilities & Personal Expenses

healthcare & mental health assistance

Healthcare & Mental Health Assistance

transportation & relocation costs

Transportation & Relocation Costs

education & technology expenses

Education & Technology Expenses

For students in need of assistance, please visit our FAQ for more information about obtaining a referral from an authorized referral agency. For general questions, please use our Contact Us page to submit your inquiry.

Video Resources

Below are general resources from partnering states, including how-to videos

Mental Health
Grocery
Unemployment
Health Insurance
Taxes
Financial Aid

Resources By State

Alabama

Food

Montgomery Area Food Bank
Food bank located in Montgomery, AL. Helping people across Alabama. Working with schools to give children meals during the pandemic.
http://www.montgomeryareafoodbank.org


Miscellaneous

United Way of Central Alabama
Organisation focused on helping the community. Currently focusing on aid for people affected by covid-19.
https://www.uwca.org

SAFY
Continues to offer help through their services virtually
https://www.safy.org

Alaska

Housing

Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness
https://anchoragehomeless.org/get-help/

Covenant House
https://www.covenanthouse.org/homeless-shelters


Food

Food Bank of Alaska
https://www.foodbankofalaska.org/help/

St. Francis House Food Pantry
https://www.cssalaska.org/get-help/

Arizona

Housing

Bisbee Coalition
https://bisbeeshelter.org

Bread of life Mission
http://www.bolmaz.com


Food

Arizona Food Bank Network
http://www.azfoodbanks.org/index.php/foodbank/index/

Arkansas

Housing

Little Rock Compassion Center
http://lrcompassioncenter.org 

Our House Shelter
http://ourhouseshelter.org/

Union Rescue Mission
http://urmissionlr.org

Dorcas House
https://urmissionlr.org/

Jericho Way Resource Center
Email: mandy.davis@depaulusa.org

St. Francis House
stfrancishouselr.org


Food

The Arkansas Food Bank
https://arkansasfoodbank.org

Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance
https://www.arhungeralliance.org


Transportation

Non-Emergency Transportation (NET)
https://medicaid.mmis.arkansas.gov/Beneficiary/Net.aspx

California

COVID-19 Information

Coronavirus (COVID-19) in California
https://covid19.ca.gov/

California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
https://www.cdph.ca.gov

CDPH Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers
https://covid19.ca.gov/img/EssentialCriticalInfrastructureWorkers.pdf

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
https://www.cdc.gov/


Financial Information

Income Benefits for College Students
View PDF

Chafee Grant
https://chafee.csac.ca.gov/


Taxes


Health Insurance

Medi-Cal
Covered California


Unemployment

Employment Development Department
CalWORKS


Grocery

CalFresh


Mental Health


COVID-19 Data, Maps, Dashboards

COVID-19 Geographic Information System (GIS) Hub


Tech Support

One Simple Wish - Click Here
Supplying laptops for students to continue classes/education
Email - info@onesimplewish.org to submit a request

Comcast - Internet and Low-cost computers
https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19

AT&T, Southern California
New and existing customers who need to lower the cost of a phone plan. Available Resource(s): Low cost phone plan (2GB, unlimited talk & text)
Offer: Waiving late fees/suspending disconnection service for non payment
https://about.att.com/pages/COVID-19.html

Edison, Southern California
1-800-950-2356
(Open to all, LGBTQ Friendly): Anyone affected by COVID-19 layoffs
https://www.sce.com/residential/assistance?from=/billhelp

Connecticut

Housing

Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness
https://www.cceh.org/


Food

Meals on Wheels
http://crtct.org/en/need-help/senior-services/meals-on-wheels

Florida

Housing

Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida
https://www.centralfloridahomeless.org/shelter-programs


Food

Feeding South Florida
https://feedingsouthflorida.org/benefits-emergency-services/

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
https://www.feedhopenow.org/site/SPageServer/?pagename=need

Feeding the Gulf Coast
https://www.feedhopenow.org/site/SPageServer/?pagename=need

Feeding the Gulf Coast
https://www.allfaithsfoodbank.org/


Miscellaneous

YMCA
Free Childcare for Essential Workers
https://www.tampaymca.org/relief-care

Georgia

Housing

Atlanta Mission
https://atlantamission.org/get-help/


Food

Giving Kitchen
https://thegivingkitchen.org/help

Atlanta Community Food Bank
https://acfb.org/find-help

Golden Harvest Food Bank
https://goldenharvest.org/find-help/

Hawaii

Food

Hawaii Food Basket
https://www.hawaiifoodbasket.org/

Idaho

Food

Idaho Food Bank
Food Bank - https://idahofoodbank.org/getfood/

Wahooz Family Fun Zone
Free Lunches - http://wahoozfunzone.com/

Illinois

Housing

Rental Assistance Program
Rent Assistance - https://www.chicago.gov


Food

Northern Illinois Food Bank
https://solvehungertoday.org/coronavirus/

Chicago Food Repository
https://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/find-food/


Education

Enrichment Learning Resources
https://cps.edu/Pages/EnrichmentLearningResources.aspx

Kansas
Kentucky

Housing

Financial Assistance Scholly Student Relief Fund
Student Relief - http://myscholly.com/relief/


Food

Feed Kentucky
https://feedingky.org/find-help/

Louisiana

Food

Second Harvest Food Bank
https://no-hunger.org/social-servicesbenefits-helpline/

Feeding Louisiana
https://www.feedinglouisiana.org/get-help

Food Bank of Northeast Louisian
https://www.foodbanknela.org/

Maine

Food

Good Shepheard Food Bank
https://www.gsfb.org/mainecovid/

Wayside Food Programs
https://www.waysidemaine.org/

Maryland
Massachusetts

Housing

Pine Street In
https://www.pinestreetinn.org/find-help-guest


Food

The Food Bank of Western Mass
https://www.foodbankwma.org/get-help/covid-19-food-pantry-meal-program-schedule/

The Greater Boston Food Bank
https://www.gbfb.org/need-food/

Worcester County Food Bank
https://foodbank.org

Mississippi

Food

Midsouth Food Bank
https://www.midsouthfoodbank.org/

Missouri

Housing

Mercy Homeless and Shelter Resource
Link


Food

Feeding Missouri
https://feedingmissouri.org/your-food-bank/

The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri
https://sharefoodbringhope.org/get-help

Montana

Food

The Montana Food Bank Network
https://mfbn.org/

Helena Food Share
https://helenafoodshare.org/get-help/grocery-share/

Nevada

Financial Aid

NSHE Nevada Foster Youth Financial Aid Toolkit
https://nshe.nevada.edu/initiatives/foster-youth/foster-youth-financial-aid/


Food

Aloha Kitchen and Bar
Aloha Kitchen and Bar is offering free chicken teriyaki bowls to kids between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. through April 3.
https://www.facebook.com/alohakitchenandbar

Food Bank of Northern Nevada
https://fbnn.org/

Griddlecakes / Stacks & Yolks
Those children in need of a meal will receive a kids pancakes, eggs and homefries.
https://www.facebook.com/Griddlecakes

Three Square Food Bank
https://www.threesquare.org/help


Legal Aid

Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada
https://www.lacsn.org/covid-19

Washoe Legal Services
https://washoelegalservices.org/covid-19/


Housing

Eddy House
https://eddyhouse.org/

Nevada Partnership of Homeless Youth
https://nphy.org/

Shannon West Homeless Youth Center
https://www.helpsonv.org/


Medical

UCF
Mental Health Counseling - Press Release


Mental Health

National Alliance on Mental Health Nevada
https://naminevada.org/


COVID-19 Guides

Vegas Stronger
https://secureservercdn.net/198.71.233.106/a9h.21a.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Resource-Guide.pdf

Stay at Home for Nevada Toolkit
https://www.mymountainsedge.com/files/Stay%20at%20Home%20Toolbox%20PDF.pdf

Nevada 211
https://www.nevada211.org/

CAA Coronavirus Resource Center
https://www.caanv.org/coronavirus-resource-center/


New Hampshire
New Mexico

Food

Roadrunner Food Bank
https://www.rrfb.org/find-help/find-food/

The Food Depot
https://www.thefooddepot.org/get-help/

The Community Pantry
http://thecommunitypantry.org/

Echo Food Bank
https://echoinc.org/

Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico
http://www.fbenm.org/


Miscellaneous

New Mexico Kids
http://www.newmexicokids.org/coronavirus/providers.php

New York

Housing

Human Resources Administration
Providing housing options for the under resourced.
https://www1.nyc.gov/site/hra/help/homebase.page

Housing Academy Collaborative
Help foster youth find sustainable living.
https://www1.nyc.gov/site/acs/youth/housing.page


Food

New York City Department of Education
Select schools are remaining open to give students in need a meal
https://www.schools.nyc.gov/

NYC
Grab n Go Meals
https://www.opt-osfns.org/schoolfoodny/meals/default.aspx


Education

New York City Department of Education
On their website they offer activities to do at home. You can also apply to rent an Ipad in case technology is required for online classes.
https://www.schools.nyc.gov/

Charter
Will offer free broadband/wifi to families with children k-12 who don't already have internet access.
https://corporate.charter.com/newsroom/charter-to-offer-free-access-to-spectrum-broadband-and-wifi-for-60-days-for-new-K12-and-college-student-households-and-more

CUNY START-ASAP FCI
Provides help for foster youth entering University. Includes other programs for things such as housing and internships.
http://www1.cuny.edu/sites/cunystart/partners/fci/

North Carolina

Food

Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina
https://foodbankcenc.org/find-help/food-finder/

Manna Food Bank
https://www.mannafoodbank.org/where-to-get-help/

Feeding the Carolinas
https://feedingthecarolinas.org/locations/


Miscellaneous

Diaper Bank of NC
Diapers - https://ncdiaperbank.org/programs

North Dakota

Housing

North Dakota Coalition for Homeless People
https://www.ndhomelesscoalition.org


Food

Great Plains Food Bank
https://www.greatplainsfoodbank.org/

Ohio

Housing

COHHIO
Homeless Help - http://cohhio.org/resourceguide/


Food

Mid Ohio Food Bank
https://www.midohiofoodbank.org/get-help/


Miscellaneous

HFLA of Northeast Ohio
https://interestfree.org/

Oklahoma

Food

Hunger Free Ok
https://hungerfreeok.org/covid19/

Feed the Children – Mission OKC
http://www.feedthechildren.org/

Oregon

Food

Oregon Hunger
https://oregonhunger.org/covid-19/


Miscellaneous

Employment-Related Day Care program (ERDC)
https://apps.state.or.us/onlineApplication/

Pennsylvania

Housing

Pathways to Housing PA
https://pathwaystohousingpa.org/


Food

Central Pennsylvania Food Bank
https://www.centralpafoodbank.org/find-help/

The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
https://www.pittsburghfoodbank.org/get-help/

South Carolina

Housing

United Way of the Midlands
https://www.uway.org/get-help


Food

Godlen Harvest Food Bank
https://goldenharvest.org/covid-19/

Feeding
https://feedingthecarolinas.org/

South Dakota

Food

Great Plains Food Bank
https://www.greatplainsfoodbank.org/

Tennessee

Housing

The Nashville Rescue Mission
https://nashvillerescuemission.org/


Food

Second Harvest Food Bank
https://secondharvestetn.org/find-a-food-pantry/

Mid South Food Bank
https://www.midsouthfoodbank.org/find-assistance

Utah
Vermont

Housing

Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness
https://helpingtohousevt.org/


Food

Vermont Foodbank
https://www.vtfoodbank.org/agency-locator


Virginia

Food

Federation of Virginia Food Banks
https://www.brafb.org/find-help/pantry-locator/

Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin

Housing

St. John’s Homeless Shelter
https://www.stjohnhomelessshelter.org/get-help/


Food

Paul's Pantry
http://www.paulspantry.org/

Goodman Community Center
https://www.goodmancenter.org/about/corona


Miscellaneous

Mazomanie Library
Free Wifi - https://www.mazolibrary.org/

Wyoming

Housing

Wyoming Rescue Mission
https://wyomission.org/

Food

Wyoming Food Bank
http://wyomingfoodbank.org/

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