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Homeless Education Program

Educational Rights Public Notice

The mission of the Homeless Education Program is to ensure that every child and youth experiencing homelessness receives free, appropriate, public educational opportunities; to provide training and support to schools, shelters and the community; and to increase awareness about the issues experienced by children, youth and families experiencing homelessness. Children and youth experiencing homelessness should have equal access to the same educational opportunities and services as permanently housed children and youth. In addition, children and youth experiencing homelessness should have the opportunity to meet the same challenging academic achievement standards to which all students are held. To ensure that families experiencing homelessness are well supported and that appropriate funds are provided to support students, OSSE regularly shares information regarding student status with schools in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Grants and Funding

Higher Education Resources

Homeless Awareness Training

Logistics and Legislation

Useful Form(s)

Additional Resources

Emergency Housing Resources

  • Shelter Hotline (for families in need of emergency housing assistance) - operated by the United Planning Organization (UPO). Please call (202) 399-7093 or 211.
  • Covenant House Washington - for youth ages 18-24 who are in need of emergency housing assistance. Please call (202) 610-9600.
  • Sasha Bruce Youthwork – for youth ages 11-17 who are in need of short-term shelter. Please call the emergency hotline at (202) 547-7777.

Contacts:

Sheryl Hamilton
Director, Community Learning and School Support
(202) 741-6404
[email protected]

Tanisha Brown
Manager, Education Policy and Compliance
(202) 741-4699
[email protected]

For guidance regarding McKinney-Vento Federal guidelines and policy, please contact:
Nicole Lee-Mwandha
Homeless Education State Coordinator
(202) 654-6123
[email protected]

For assistance with McKinney-Vento grant funding and compliance, please contact:
Danielle Rollins
Homeless Education Program Analyst
(202) 741-0255
[email protected]

For assistance with enrollment, transportation, trainings and community outreach, please contact:
Tasheen Stallings
Homeless Education Program Analyst
(202) 478-5927
[email protected]

Contact TTY: 
711
Service Location: 

1050 First Street, NE

GIS Address: 
1050 First Street, NE
City: 
Washington
State: 
DC
Zip: 
20002