Monday, October 14, 2019
A child’s school can be an important stabilizing factor when a family experiences homelessness. Milwaukee Public Schools serves approximately 5,000 students each year through the Homeless Education Program. As Milwaukee observes Homeless Awareness Week, families and community agencies should be aware of this important resource and contact the MPS team to learn more.
Being homeless is stressful on a family. When children can stay in their own school with familiar teachers, friends, and surroundings, stress is reduced and children gain stability. The MPS Homeless Education Program works with families to protect their rights and offers support so students can continue learning and stay on track in school.
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act was enacted in 2002 to support the education of homeless children. The Act provides rights for students that are upheld and supported in MPS. Homeless children may access important provisions, including:
- The right to stay in their school of origin (the school they were attending prior to becoming homeless or the last school attended)
- Students temporarily living outside a school’s busing region may qualify for transportation to the school of origin
- Free school breakfast, lunch, and school supplies
- Waivers of school fees
MPS encourages families to contact their school’s Homeless Contact/School Social Worker or the Homeless Education Program (HEP) to find supports for their children’s education.
Homeless Education Program
MPS Central Services
5225 W. Vliet Street
Milwaukee, WI 53208