Homeless Education Assistance Resource Team
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 2001 was recently amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015. These very important federal laws protect the educational rights of students (PreK-12) who have lost housing and are living in transition. The ultimate goal is to remove barriers that might prevent students experiencing homelessness from enrolling, attending and succeeding in school.
Students living in transition (whether residing with a parent, legal guardian or unaccompanied children and youth) are those who lack a fixed, regular or adequate nighttime residence. This includes sharing the housing of other persons “doubled-up” due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar situation; living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative accommodations; living in emergency or transitional shelters; abandoned in hospitals; living in a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings; living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings. Migratory children and youth living in circumstances described above also qualify for McKinney-Vento Homeless Education services.
WHAT ASSISTANCE DOES HEART PROVIDE?
- Transportation coordination for students to remain in their School of Origin (school last attended)
- Access to school supplies and uniform items
- Free school meals
- Referrals to school and community-based services (e.g. School Social Work Services, Family Counseling, Medical, Dental and Mental Health referrals etc.)
- Assistance with retrieving immunization records and state of Florida birth certificates
- Limited access to after school care services (K-8th)
- Limited summer camp opportunities
- Cap and gown rentals at no cost to graduating high school students
- Verification letters needed to apply for college and the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
- Presentations to community agencies and civic groups
For additional information, please contact the H.E.A.R.T. office at 754-321-1566.
Did You Know?
During the 2013-2014 school year there were 282,929 students enrolled in BCPS and of those students, 2,323 were identified as homeless.
During 2013-2014 school year, BCPS students experienced homelessness as follows:
- 444 (19%) resided in shelters
- 1,484 (64%) were doubled-up
- 108 (5%) resided in a car, park, campground, bus or other public place
- 264 (11%) resided in a hotel or motel
- 23 (1%) were awaiting foster care placement
Of the 2,323 students identified as homeless, 318 (14%) were unaccompanied homeless youth (increased by 64 from 2012-13)
(Source: 13-14 Survey 5 Federal State Indicator format matched to Student Demographics as of 12-18-14, FDOE)