Homeless Education Program (HEP)


Serving Florida’s Children Bridging the Gap between Home and School

Every Child Has a Right to an Education

The Federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act states that children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence are considered homeless.

If, due to a loss of housing, a child must live in a shelter, motel, vehicle, or campground, on the street, in abandoned buildings, or doubled-up with relatives or friends, then he/she is eligible to receive services provided under the McKinney-Vento Act.

The McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program is designed to address the problems that homeless children and youth have faced in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school. Under this program, state educational agencies must ensure that each homeless child and youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as other children and youth.

Homeless children and youth must have access to the educational and other services that they need to enable them to meet the same challenging State student academic achievement standards to which all students are held. In addition, homeless students may not be separated from the mainstream school environment.

To find  the Homeless Education Liaison in a Florida School District, go to the online district staff directory for Federal Educational Programs at https://app1.fldoe.org/flbpso/nclbchoice/bpsoDirectory/directory.aspx. Under Program Area, click on Title X Homeless Contacts, select a school district, and click Submit.

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Contacts

Skip Forsyth
Director, State Homeless Education Program
Florida Department of Education
Bureau of Federal Educational Programs
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 352
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
Phone: 850-245-0479
Fax: 850-245-0670 or 850-245-0683
Email: Skip.Forsyth@fldoe.org

Courtney J. Walker
Program Specialist, State Homeless Education Program
Florida Department of Education
Bureau of Federal Educational Programs
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 352
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
Phone: 850-245-0479
Fax: 850-245-0670 or 850-245-0683
Email: Courtney.Walker@fldoe.org

Janice White
Program Assistant, State Homeless Education Program
Florida Department of Education
Bureau of Federal Educational Programs
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 352
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
Phone: 850-245-0479
Fax: 850-245-0670 or 850-245-0683
Email: Janice.White@fldoe.org

School District Homeless Liaisons

In “Program Area,” scroll down to “Title X Homeless Contacts.” In “District Area,” select district.