Q: How do I apply for My First Home?
A: Apply by using our online application system. Remember to fill out the “Intake Application” before applying for any JIT services.
Q: If I applied for My First Home in the past, can I receive another setup?
A: Youth must apply each time for all program services, including My First Home. If an applicant has received a setup in the past, program staff will work one-on-one to assess whether or not services can be provided again, depending upon the circumstances.
Q: If I am participating in a Transitional Housing Program (THP+) can I receive furniture from JIT’s My First Home?
A: No. We collaborate closely with agencies providing support to former foster youth in San Diego County. Because the THP+ programs provide furnishings for their participants, we provide furniture for others in need. AB12, TLPs, or the HOME Program are accepted transitional housing programs we do support.
Q: I have a roommate who was not in the foster care system. Can I still get help?
A: Yes. Although we cannot provide furnishings for anyone who is not a former foster youth, we will provide approved applicants with furniture for his / her living space. We will provide items for children if they have been donated from someone in the community, but we do not solicit children’s furniture or furnishings on behalf of an applicant. Our mission is to provide resources and connections to transitioning foster youth ages 18-26.
Q: Will I need to provide any paperwork?
A: Applicants may be asked to provide verification of being in foster care as a child; pay stubs or proof of enrollment in school. On occasion, staff may ask for other documentation to process an application.
Q: How long until I receive notification from JIT?
A: Participants will receive a phone or email from Program Staff no later than 72 hours.
Q: What if I apply and do not receive a phone call or email within 72 hours?
A: Staff make every effort to contact applicants via telephone or email. If you have not heard from a JIT member, please call James Monroe at 619-683-9340 ext. 29 or email email@example.com. Sometimes the telephone numbers of applicants are out of minutes when staff makes an attempt to call.
Q: What happens if my application is approved?
A: Once Program Staff have approved a request, we will set up an individual plan for a home set up. This may include attending one of our monthly storage days, picking up furniture directly from a donor, or Volunteer Guides dropping items off.
Q: How long does the process take?
A: Once Program Staff have approved a request, we will devise an individual plan for a home set up. A full set up typically takes about six weeks for all the items to be received.
Q: Do I have to be available to receive help?
A: Yes, you must be home in order to receive assistance. My First Home is volunteer-driven, meaning that members in the community are providing their time to support participants. In order to provide a meaningful experience, we expect recipients to be available for a scheduled appointment, be courteous, and be kind to anyone associated with JIT.
Q: What happens if my application is denied?
A: Program staff will evaluate each application individually and provide an explanation after processing. Youth may apply for program services in the future unless indicated otherwise by staff.
Q: Who do I contact for more information?
A: James Monroe, Youth Services Coordinator Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 619-683-9340 ext. 29 Fax: 619-295-5738.
Q: Can I send a note of thanks?
A: Absolutely! We encourage each and every participant to write a hand-written thank you to our donors and volunteers. JIT is a small organization and, without the support of members in the community, we would be unable to provide furnishings for our young people! Contact our office so we can help facilitate.