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    HEART -- Homeless Education and Resource Team

    Supporting the educational rights of students who are living in emergency, temporary and/or transitional housing situations.

    Please contact us:
    Sarah Miller, liaison
    Christie McReynolds, intake specialist
    509.354.7302 (phone)
    509.354.5914 (fax)

    Who we serve

    The HEART program is here to help children and youth who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. This includes children and youth who are:

      • “Doubled up” with relatives or friends due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason
      • Living in motels or campgrounds due to the lack of alternative living accommodations
      • Living in emergency or transitional shelters
      • Abandoned in hospitals
      • Living in places that are not regular sleeping accommodations for people, such as cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations or similar settings
      • Youth not residing with their legal parent or guardian
      • Runaways
     

     

    What we do

    As homeless education facilitators, we:

                   o     Locate and enroll students in the HEART program

                   o   Coordinate transportation to student's "school of origin"

                   o   Communicate to each school regularly about HEART students currently enrolled in their building and contact teachers

                        and/or school officials about developing issues

                   o   Serve as a liaison between the school, parents, students and community agencies to meet the educational needs of students

                   o   Accumulate statistics about the mobility of homeless students

                   o   Be available to visit school buildings to support students, staff and parents with any issues/concerns

                   o   Network with other community agencies and programs involved with homelessness to coordinate advocacy efforts and link

                       community services

     

     

    Print Resources -

     Guide for Parents, Guardians and Caregivers