DIRECT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FUND (DFA)

WHAT IS DIRECT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FUND?

Low-to-moderate income families can ease their immediate financial burden by applying for up to $5,000 for payment of rent or mortgage, auto expenses, utility bills, medications, home care services, food, child care, or hotel accommodations.

 

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

A referral to our Direct Financial Assistance Fund (DFA) is perfect for qualifying families who have a child currently in treatment and NEVER RECEIVED financial assistance from TBCF. Click here for our HUD Income Limit Guide

IS THIS A CANCER RELAPSE?

If a family has a child who relapsed but has never received funding from us, please complete our DFA application to allow them the opportunity of receiving up to $5,000. 

For families who have received one round of financial assistance from TBCF and their child relapses,

please complete our Relapse Fund Application for $2,500 of financial support.

 

Guidelines for Applying for

Financial Assistance

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Families must reside in Santa Barbara, Ventura or San Luis Obispo Counties

  • Child must have been diagnosed with cancer prior to their 18th birthday

  • Families must be projected low-to-moderate income per the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) state and county limits.

THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN LOOKING AT THE INCOME LIMIT GUIDE. 

If a family is slightly above income limit level at the time of diagnosis and application process, we look to the social worker to indicate if they will now be within the low-to-moderate income level during their first year of treatment due to their new circumstances. Application consideration and approval is based on projected income, however, please indicate in social worker letter reasons as to why you project they qualify for our Financial Stability Program.

The Approval Process

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER APPLICATION IS SUBMITTED?

After you upload the completed application and all supplemental documents, TBCF will review the application and work to respond back to the referring social worker within three business days.

Please Note: In order for a application to be approved, ALL documents must be provided at the time of submission. If there are any missing documents,TBCF will contact the social worker. 

WHAT HAPPENS IF A FAMILY IS APPROVED?

Once a family is approved for funding, TBCF will email you to inform you of the amount they were approved, their payment schedule and the date their funding year expires with us.

 

  • TBCF will split the total approved amount into three payments

  • Each payment will be mailed to the family’s home address every other month (A total of 3 payments mailed over the course of 6 months)

  • With their first payment, TBCF includes a Family Welcome Packet indicating their payment plan as well as a list of our other programs and FAQs about our financial assistance program

  • With each check, we also mail a Funding Report to the family that we request is sent back to us prior to receiving their next payment

WHAT HAPPENS IS A FAMILY DOESN'T QUALIFY FOR THE FULL $5,000?

If a family didn’t immediately qualify for the full $5,000 but ends up in need of additional funding for any of the unchecked areas in their Program Request Form (for example: Hotel Accommodations or Special Circumstances), please click the below Program Request Form if you’d like to request additional funding for their family. Families must still be within a year of their approval date to be approved for additional funding.

Required Documents to Submit

with Application

If Family Receives Medical:

 

If Family Has Private Insurance:

Mission Statement: Advocates for families living in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo counties that have a child with cancer by providing financial, educational, and emotional support.

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