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

    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:

    • Locate and enroll students in the HEART program
    • Coordinate transportation to student's "school of origin"
    • Communicate to each school regularly about HEART students currently enrolled in their building and contact teachers and/or school officials about developing issues
    • Serve as a liaison between the school, parents, students and community agencies to meet the educational needs of students
    • Accumulate statistics about the mobility of homeless students
    • Be available to visit school buildings to support students, staff and parents with any issues/concerns
    • Network with other community agencies and programs involved with homelessness to coordinate advocacy efforts and link community services

    Our goals

    We aim:

    • to support and meet the educational needs of students in short-term or temporary housing situations
    • to maintain consistency of the educational process while living in transitional housing
    • to provide the same educational opportunities to students in temporary or transitional housing situations as other students receive
    • ensure the same opportunity to meet high academic standards as all students
    • engage parents, school, and the community as full partners in the educational process of students who are in transitional situations
    • provide a connection between school and home