Project HOPE - VA
Project HOPE, the Virginia Education Program for Homeless Children and Youth, is a federally-funded grant authorized by the McKinney-Vento
Homeless Education Assistance Act. Project HOPE ensures the enrollment, attendance, and the success of homeless children and youth in school
through public awareness efforts across the commonwealth and subgrants to local school divisions. Local Education Agencies (LEA) develop
customized programs to meet the needs of homeless children and youth in their area. Project HOPE funds activities throughout the school year,
including early childhood education, mentoring, tutoring, parent education, summer enrichment programs, and domestic violence prevention programs.
In addition, emergency services, referrals for health services, transportation, school supplies, and costs related to obtaining school records may
be provided through the local Homeless Education Program.
Project HOPE collaborates with other federally-funded programs within Virginia, such as Title I, Even Start, and Head Start. In addition, Project
HOPE currently works with the Virginia Coalition for the Homeless, the National Coalition for the Homeless, Virginia Interagency Action Council
for the Homeless, various professional educational organizations, social agencies, shelters, colleges, universities, and other homeless programs
throughout the United States. Local programs collaborate across school divisions and among an array of social agencies. Virginia's Homeless
Education Program hopes to continue and increase collaborative efforts while striving to raise public awareness regarding the issue of homeless
children, youth and families.
information made available courtesy of William & Mary.
National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth
The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (
), a national grassroots membership association, serves as the voice and the social conscience for the education of children and youth in
homeless situations. NAEHCY connects educators, parents, advocates, researchers, and service providers to ensure school enrollment and
attendance, and overall success for children and youth whose lives have been disrupted by the lack of safe, permanent, and adequate housing.
NAEHCY accomplishes these goals through advocacy, partnerships, and education.
Interested in NAEHCY Membership?
Membership in the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) is open to everyone with an interest in homeless
education. Annual dues are $40.00, which includes a discount on the registration fee for NAEHCY's annual conference and a subscription to
, the association's newsletter. Dues also help support the website, printing, advocacy efforts, and the annual conference. Membership is good
for one full year from the date payment is received. Online registration is available