The program is made possible through the McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program. The purpose of this program is to address the problems that homeless children and youth face in enrolling, attending and succeeding in school. Currently this school term 87 students have been identified as homeless. Last year the number was 124 and for the entire State of Florida 76,183. Student rights under the McKinney-Vento Program are immediate enrollment, assistance in enrollment documentation, school choice, Pre-K services, transportation, free breakfast and lunch, assistance with college, weekend feeding program (weekend backpack program), school supplies, counseling services, health services, extra curricular activities, help in completing college financial aid and training. If you know a family that is experiencing substandard housing such as no running water, no electricity, bug infestation (lice), not able to physically secure dwelling for safety (lacks door(s) or window(s), please contact the Jackson County Homeless Liaison, Michael Kilts at 850-482-1200 ext 223 or the applicable school guidance counselor.
For more information, please visit http://www.chipolaareacoc.org/board.html