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
- Living in locations such as:
- Abandoned buildings
If you are in a homeless situation, talk to the school social worker at your child’s school. The social worker can enroll you child in the Homeless Education Program and assist you in obtaining services, such as free school supplies or transportation to the school of origin.
You should do the following:
Talk to your school's social worker 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's School Social Worker for help in getting food, clothing and school supplies.
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 to the school of origin
- Free breakfast/lunch
- Tutorial programs
- Before and after school programs
- Books and school supplies
- Waiver of school fees
- Preschool/early education programs
- Translation to the school of origin 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