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Homeless Children and Youth Services - DCPS

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DCPS is committed to serving all students residing in the District of Columbia, including homeless children and youth.

A homeless student is defined as a child without a regular, fixed, and adequate nighttime residence. The child may live in a shelter, a temporary home, a motel, a car, a campground, or on the street. Homeless children may also be living temporarily with relatives or friends because of a loss of permanent housing.

Homeless Students’ Rights

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 2001 requires all school districts to provide homeless children and youth, including unaccompanied youth, a free and appropriate education.

The The Youth Engagement Division (YED) and Homeless Children and Youth Program (HCYP) works with homeless students and families, schools, shelters and community organizations to ensure that their basic educational rights are protected.

These rights include:

  • Immediate enrollment in school
  • Confidentiality regarding disclosure of homeless status
  • Continuity of educational program at the school of origin or placement in a school that is in the best interest of the student
  • Transportation assistance
  • A challenging, rigorous education equal to that of their peers

Additional Support from DCPS

Additional support from the Homeless Children and Youth Program includes the following:

  • School supplies
  • School fee assistance
  • Referrals to other city services
  • Parent training

Neediest Kids Fund/Bridge to Success

Neediest Kids is a charitable organization, now associated with National Council for Children and Families that provides emergency resources to help students whose basic needs might otherwise go unmet. The organization’s mission is to help meet immediate needs of students so they can stay in school and reach their full potential. At present, DCPS school staff can request uniforms, shoes, and groceries/personal items/medicines to supports student needs.

To learn more about supports offered by this program contact your school counselor or teacher.

Contact:

Sharon Farewell, Assistant, Student Attendance & Support Services
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (202) 727-0488
Website: www.nccf-cares.org/neediestkids

Foster Care Point of Contacts

DCPS Foster Care POC:
Milo Howard, Student Placement Office, Youth Engagement Division
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (202) 939-3523

ESEA Foster Care POC for OSSE:
Katie Reda
Special Programs Manager
810 First Street, NE, Fifth Floor
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 481-3926
[email protected]

ESEA also mandates local education agencies identify a POC for children in foster care once the local child welfare agency notifies them in writing of their agency’s designated POC.

ESEA Foster Care POC for CFSA:
Megan Dho
Supervisor of Education and Child Care
200 I Street, NW, Third Floor
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 727-1303
[email protected]

How to Get Help

Each school has an identified homeless liaison who receives quarterly training based on the McKinney-Vento Act. This staff member is responsible for providing assistance to homeless students and their families by protecting their rights and providing them support.

For additional assistance, parents may contact Andrea Allen, Director of Attendance or the Program Specialist below.

SY2017-2018 School-based Homeless Liaison Contact List

Resources for School-based Homeless Liaisons

Service Contact: 
Tierra Washington, Homeless Children and Youth Program Specialist
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
(202) 576-9502
Contact TTY: 
711