Conservation Corps Benefits & Housing

Housing – Conservation Corps of AYW 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. TxCC & LaCC do provide multiple Housing & Networking resource pages that put our members in contact with other AmeriCorps members to find housing and potential roommates.

For Austin members: If your home utilities are under the name of yourself or a roommate that is currently on Food Stamps, there is a form you can fill out to reduce your overall monthly utility costs. Click here for more information.

Monthly Living Stipend (before taxes)

Crew Members: $1,550

Returning Crew Members: $1,600

Crew Leaders: $1,700

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)

October 1, 2020-September 30, 2021 Amounts

$6,345 for a 1700-hour term (11 months)

$4,441.50 for a 1200-hour term (9 months)

$3,172.50 for a 900-hour term (6 months)

$2,417.14 for a 675-hour term (5 months)

$1,342.86 for a 300-hour term (3 months – Summer Crew)

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 food stamps 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.