Homeless Education Assistance Resource Team (HEART)

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About the Homeless Education Assistance Resource Team (HEART)

  • Homeless Education Assistance Resource Team

    The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987 is a United States federal law written as a legislative response to homelessness. It has been reauthorized several times and it was recently amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015. These very important federal laws protect the educational rights of students (PreK-12th grade) who have lost housing and are experiencing homelessness. The goal is to remove barriers that might prevent students experiencing homelessness from enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school.

    Students experiencing housing instability (whether residing with a parent, legal guardian, caregiver, or unaccompanied children and youth) are those who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. This includes sharing the housing of other persons “doubled-up” due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar situation; living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative accommodations; living in emergency or transitional shelters; abandoned in hospitals; living in a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings; living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings. Migratory children and youth living in circumstances described above also qualify for McKinney-Vento Homeless Education services.


    • Access to school supplies and uniform items
    • Coordination of transportation to school of origin (certain rules apply)
    • Referrals to school-based and community-based services (e.g.; school social work services, family counseling services, medical, dental, mental health, and social services referrals)

Did You Know?

  • Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Data

    Total number of students enrolled in the BCPS during the 2021-2022 school year was 256,021. Of those students, 4,207, were identified as experiencing homelessness compared to 5,094 students the year prior. The sharp decline in identification reflects challenges faced during the COVID-19 pandemic wherein the district pivoted to a remote learning platform. The reported nighttime residence for students experiencing homelessness during the school year 2021-2022 was as follows:

    • 307 (7%) resided in emergency or transitional shelters.
    • 3,081 (73%) were sharing the housing of others (doubled-up) due to a loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason.
    • 239 (6%) resided in a vehicle, park, temporary trailer park or campground due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations; public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing; bus or train stations, public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as, regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.
    • 580 (14%) resided in a hotel or motel.

    Of the 4,207 students identified as homeless, they attended school at the following levels: 133 (3%) attended pre-schools; 2,237 (53%) attended elementary schools; 767 (18%) attended middle schools, and 1,070 (26%) attended high schools. Of the total number of students experiencing homelessness, 388 were unaccompanied homeless students (meaning they did not reside with a parent or legal guardian). Of those, 272 were in high school, of which 71% were high school seniors.

    (Source: Florida Department of Education SY21-22 Survey 5 Federal State Indicator format matched to Student Demographics)



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Contact Information

  • HEART Program

    1400 NW 14th Court

    Ft. Lauderdale , Florida 33311

    Phone: 754-321-1566

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    Email: HEART@browardschools.com

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    Carole Mitchell

    Supervisor, District Homeless Education Liaison

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