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Homeless Education Program

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MPS offers services to homeless families through school-based and centrally-based programs. The Homeless Education Program is located at MPS Central Services, 5225 W. Vliet Street, and a school-based homeless contact is in every MPS school to assist homeless children and families.

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act defines the homeless as “individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence.” This definition includes children and youth whose family has lost housing due to economic difficulties and is sharing the housing of others (doubled-up); who are living in motels, hotels, transitional or emergency shelters; or, whose nighttime residence is a place not normally used for housing. Unaccompanied youth and migratory children, who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above, have the same rights.

Homeless children have rights and are eligible for many services under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. For example, homeless children and youth have the right to stay in the school they attended prior to becoming homeless (the school of origin); transportation from their temporary residence to the school may be provided; homeless students are eligible for free lunch; and homeless children have the right to waivers of school fees and to school supplies.

Parents/guardians of homeless children or unaccompanied youth should discuss the situation with the school-based homeless contact or with the homeless liaisons in the Homeless Education Program in the Office of Student Services so eligibility can be determined and services coordinated. Call (414) 475-8911 for more information.

Homeless but not helpless

Who is homeless according to the McKinney-Vento Act?

Children, youth, and/or families are homeless if they are:

  • Living doubled up with another family because they have no other choice
  • Staying in shelters, including domestic abuse shelters
  • Awaiting foster care placement
  • Living in locations such as:
    • Motels
    • Hotels
    • Cars
    • Parks
    • Abandoned buildings

 

What do I do if I am homeless?

If you are in a homeless situtation, ask to speak to your MPS school's Homeless Contact person to assist you in getting your needs met and arranging services.

What do I do if I am forced to move from my home?

You should do the following:

Talk to your school's homeless contact who may be able to help you with community resources, enroll your children in the Homeless Education Program and request transportation so your children can continue attending their school of origin if you become homeless.

Contact your MPS homeless coordinator at (414) 475-8911 to get help in enrolling your child in a new school or to keep your children in the school they were attending before you moved.

Tell your new school what will help your children succeed.

Ask the school'sHhomeless Contact or School Social Worker for help in getting food, clothing and school supplies.

How can the Homeless Education Program (HEP) help?

The HEP explains your rights and helps you get the following services at no cost:

  • Enrollment assistance, including help in obtaining needed school and medical records and immunizations
  • Transportation
  • Free breakfast/lunch
  • Tutorial programs
  • Before and after school programs
  • Books and school supplies
  • Waiver of school fees
  • Preschool/early education programs
  • Translation and ESL services
  • Referral to social services agencies, community resources, and other related services that can assist homeless families with basic needs
  • Assistance with appeal process if you feel your rights have been denied

Contact

Phone: 414-475-8911  

We provide help with:

  • Enrollment, including help in obtaining needed school and medical records and immunizations
  • Transportation
  • Free breakfast/lunch
  • Tutorial programs
  • Before- and after- school programs
  • Books and school supplies
  • Waiver of school fees
  • Preschool/early education programs
  • Translation and ESL services
  • Referral to social services agencies, community resources, and other related services
  • Assistance with appeal process if you feel your rights have been denied
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