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Benefits & Housing


The Texas and Louisiana Conservation Corps of American YouthWorks (TXCC and LaCC) does not provide housing for our members. Each member is responsible for coordinating housing before or during the start of their term of service. TXCC and LaCC do share resources to the best of our ability.

For Austin members/residents: Residential customers on low or fixed incomes who participate in certain state, federal, or local assistance programs can benefit from the City of Austin’s Customer Assistance Program (CAP) utility discounts. Click here for more information about CAP.


Monthly Living Allowance

Crew Members: $2,400 per month (before taxes)

Crew Leaders: $2,720 per month (before taxes)


Hitch Food Allowance

American YouthWorks will purchase food for groups of members participating on hitches. For groups of three or less, the food budget may be issued to each member individually. For crews of four or more, Crew Leaders will be in charge of the food budget.

The following calculations will be used when determining food allowance for hitches:
● For groups of four or more, the expected food budget will be $10/person per day
● For groups of three or less, the expected food budget will be $14/person per day

Hitch food is to be purchased from a grocery store and used for collective crew meals while on hitch. If you need to buy food from a non-grocery store you must check with your supervisor.


Segal AmeriCorps Education Award

The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award can be used to pay for tuition at specific schools, repay qualifying student loans, or other educational expenses (click here for more information)

Participation types Minimum # of hours Amounts
Full-time (FT) 1,700 (365 days for AmeriCorps VISTA) $6,895.00
Three-quarters-time (TQT) 1,200 $4,826.50
Half-time (HT) 900 $3,447.50
Reduced half-time (RHT) 675 $2,626.27
Quarter-time (QT) 450 $1,824.07
Minimal-time and Summer Associate (MT and SA) 300 $1,459.26
Abbreviated Time (AT) 100 $388.03

Student Loan Forbearance

Forbearance Eligibility

Most federally guaranteed student loans are eligible for forbearance.  If your loan does not qualify for forbearance based on your AmeriCorps service, you may be eligible for another type of deferment or forbearance.  Contact your loan holder to determine eligibility and options.  The Trust can only pay accrued interest for qualified student loans.  If your loan is in default, it may not be eligible for forbearance.

You can apply for forbearance using your MyAmeriCorps account

Contact your loan holder if you do not hear from them within four weeks of submitting the forbearance request.

Click here for more info!


Health Insurance (Medical Coverage)

Health insurance is provided by The Corps Network for qualified participants – view more information here! The Corps Network Health Plan is an Affordable Care Act and Minimum Essential Coverage compliant health insurance plan for AmeriCorps members that serve under TCN member organizations.* The plan was created out of a request from member Corps for a healthcare plan that met their bottom-line, the needs of their Corpsmembers, and the rules and regulations of AmeriCorps. Over the past 25 years, TCN’s Health Plan has annually provided thousands of Corpsmembers with health care that is both comprehensive, and affordable for their host organization. Plan options include medical coverage only.

Note: Health Insurance is covered for terms longer than 450 hours if you are not covered by another plan. Health insurance is provided at no cost to participants.


Gear/Boot Assistance & Support Services

  • Gear/Boot Assistance: Each member receives up to $250 Gear/Boot assistance for qualified purchases. This can vary based on Crew Type
  • Support Services: Needs-based Support Services are offered for participants that need assistance with transportation, food, vital documents, bills, and other financial needs in order to help them succeed during the program. These funds are limited and determined on a case by case basis.


Public Land Corps (PLC) Non-Competitive Status

What is it?
A special hiring authority that allows federal land management agencies (within DOI, USFS, and Commerce) to non-competitively appoint those who qualify to seasonal, term, and permanent positions.

Who qualifies?
Former PLC participants, specifically: individuals who have served a minimum of 640 hours of satisfactory service through a qualified youth or conservation corps on appropriate conservation projects as defined in the Public Lands Corps Act of 1993. At least 120 of those hours must have been served on a PLC project.
You must be 16-30 years old, inclusive, or 35 and under if you’re a veteran. (NPS Centennial Act, Dec.2016). You must meet the qualifications and requirements stated in the vacancy announcement to which you apply



Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

(SNAP Benefits)

Impact of AmeriCorps Benefits SNAP Eligibility

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.

AmeriCorps members can apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefits during their term of service and explore if they qualify. SNAP Benefit application support and guidance is provided by staff accordingly. This is not a guaranteed benefit of participating in our programs. View more information about SNAP Benefits by clicking here.