School District of Lancaster, Homeless Student Project

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United Way of Lancaster County

General Information
Description of Program: The mission of the Homeless Student Project is to identify homeless students within the School District of Lancaster and to ensure that identified students are enrolled in school, their educational needs are assured, and disruptions in their attendance and academic program are minimized. A Homeless Student Task Force, comprised of representatives of numerous social service agencies advises the project. Efforts to assist homeless students have included:
- Policy changes permitting the admission of homeless students whose immunizations have been started, but not completed, or whose school records are incomplete.
- A small fund to purchase bus passes for a temporary period to facilitate the attendance of "sheltered" students. HSP workers also use the fund to purchase school uniforms and supplies for students for whom lack of these items is a barrier to their enrollment and attendance
- Referrals to after-school tutor and mentor programs
- Ongoing inservice program for teachers and service staff to increase their awareness of homelessness issues and their knowledge of how to work with homeless students in classes
- School nurses check medical records of identified homeless students and provide vision, hearing, and dental screenings as needed
- Homeless Education Site Coordinator is available to provide consultation to Lancaster County schools and parents regarding the educational rights of homeless children
Location: Lancaster
Geographic Area: Lancaster; Lancaster City
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:00pm
Contact Information
Contact's Phone: 717-299-2700 Welcome Center
Physical Site Address 1: 251 South Prince Street, 3rd Floor
Physical Site Address 2: Carter & MacRae School
Physical Site City, State, Zip: Lancaster, PA 17603
Main Phone: 717-299-2700 Wecome Center
Other Phone: 717-291-6290 Becky Ortega-Lyda, Education Liason
Fax: 717-735-1497
Program Email:
Web Address:
Contact Information
Director's Name:  Nicki Spann
Director's Position: Coordinator, Parent Involvement/Homeless Student Project
Affiliated Agency, Programs and Services
Affiliated Agency:
School District of Lancaster
This Program: School District of Lancaster, Homeless Student Project
Affiliated Service: Homeless Student Project