Responsibilities and Applications

Major Responsibilities of the Homeless Specialist

  • Review local policies and procedures that may impact homeless children and youth.
  • Ensure that homeless students enroll in, and have full and equal opportunity to succeed in school. 
  • Ensure that parents or guardians are informed of educational and related opportunities that are available to their children.
  • Assist with enrollment dispute resolution cases and ensure they are mediated in accordance with the state’s process as soon as possible.
  • Ensure that the parent or guardian of a homeless child or youth is fully informed of all transportation services, including to the school of origin, and assist in accessing those services. 
  • Post educational rights of homeless children and youth in all schools, shelters, food pantries, and places where the homeless might congregate.
  • Inform school personnel, service providers and advocates who work with homeless of their rights.
  • Ensure that unaccompanied youth have barriers removed, are educated and supported.
  • Collaborate with community service agencies, including shelters, to work together on the community problems of homelessness, poverty and violence.
  • To identify homeless students and to collect demographic data to comply with state and federal regulations through Project Easier.

Practical Application for the Homeless Specialist 

  • To make sure a homeless child can be enrolled in the school of choice with out having to open enroll.
  • To make sure students are recorded in Project Easier and receive benefits for the entire academic year they are identified.
  • To provide transportation to school of choice.
  • To enroll children without immunization right away and then help parent to find records or get new shots.
  • To enroll children even if their school records cannot be found – assess their needs.
  • Recognize other forms of identification if birth certificate cannot be obtained.
  • Make sure student receives free meals if needed.
  • Make sure students have appropriate school supplies.
  • Work with the staff of the 5 shelters to enroll children immediately.
  • Act as a Domestic Violence Advocate.
  • Provide referral information to homeless families.
  • Provide limited case management for families if they are not receiving from an agency.
  • Provide limited transportation for students until bussing can be arranged if available.
  • Act as an advocate for homeless in the community.
  • Member of many Boards and Work Groups who serve the homeless.