Richmond Regional Homeless Education Program

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.

Project HOPE 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 ( NAEHCY ), 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 BEAM , 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 here