Housing – Texas Conservation Corps does not provide housing for our members. Each member is expected to obtain housing on their own before or during the start of their term of service. We have some housing recommendations in our Acceptance Packet, and provide ways for members to network with each other, and other AmeriCorps members, before the start of their term.
Monthly Living Stipend – before taxes
Crew Members: $1,219.72
Crew Leaders: $1,519.72
Education Award – can be used to go to specific schools or repay qualifying student loans.
$5,815 for a 1700 hour term (11 months)
$2,907.50 for a 900 hour term (6 months)
Student Loan Forbearance – click here for more info
Health Insurance – for terms longer than 450 hours, if you are not covered by another plan, health insurance is provided at no cost and starts on your first day
Food stamps – AmeriCorps members are encouraged to apply for foodstamps during their term of service. The AmeriCorps*State and National program was authorized by the National and Community Service Act of 1990 (NCSA), 42 U.S.C. § 12501 et seq. The NCSA states that allowances, earnings, and payments to participants in AmeriCorps programs “shall not be considered income for the purposes of determining eligibility for and the amount of income transfer and in-kind aid furnished under any Federal or federally-assisted program based on need, other than as provided in the Social Security Act.” 42 U.S.C. § 12637(d). Based on this language, the USDA issued an opinion in 2001 stating that AmeriCorps*State and National benefits are excluded from income for food stamp purposes.