Homeless Education Assistance Resource Team

Did You Know?

A Federal law, called the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, seeks to help eligible families experiencing transitional living situations?

What is the main goal of the McKinney-Vento Law?

The main goal is to remove barriers that might prevent students living in transition from enrolling, attending and succeeding in school.

What is a transitional living situation?

Some examples include living “doubled-up” sharing the housing of friends or family due to a loss of housing or income needed to maintain housing. Other examples include living in a family or youth shelter, living in a motel, car, park or abandoned building due to loss of housing.

What can HEART help eligible families and youth with?

  • School supplies and uniform items
  • Coordination of transportation to school (certain rules apply)
  • Referrals to school and community services (e.g. School Social Worker, Family counseling, medical, dental and mental health referrals etc.)
  • Retrieval of immunization records and State of Florida birth certificates
  • After school care services (K-8th)
  • Summer Camp opportunities
  • Cap and gown rental at no cost to graduating high school students and verication letters needed to apply for college and the FAFSA (Free Application For Student Aid)

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Statistics

Total number of students enrolled in the BCPS during the 2015-2016 school year was 282,929. Of those students, 2,254 were identified as homeless as follows:

  • 512 (23%) resided in shelters
  • 1,442 (64%) were doubled-up (sharing the housing of others due to economic necessity)
  • 53 (2.3%) resided in a car, park, campground, bus or other public place
  • 231 (10%) resided in a hotel or motel
  • 16 (.7%) were awaiting foster care placement

Of the 2254 students identified as homeless, they attended school at the following levels:  2% Pre-School;  52% Elementary School;  18% Middle School and 28% High School.  Of the total number of students experiencing homelessness, 431 (19%) were unaccompanied homeless children and youth meaning they did not reside with a parent or legal guardian.

While official counts are pending, during SY16-17, 2746 students were identified as experiencing homelessness; a 22% increase over SY15-16.

(Source: Florida Department of Education – 15-16 Survey 5 Federal State Indicator format matched to Student Demographics)

For more information, please call 754-321-1566

 

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