HEART Program

  • Homeless Education And Resource Team (HEART): Spokane Public Schools' program for implementing the federal McKinney-Vento Education Assistance Act and the state Homeless Student Stability and Opportunity Grant Act.

    If you are experiencing a loss of housing or are already a part of the HEART Program and need assistance, please fill out this form anytime during the year and a member of the HEART team will be in touch with you as soon as possible:

  • Who we serve

    The HEART program helps children and youth who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. This includes children and youth who are:

    • Sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason
    • Living in motel, hotels, trailer parks or campgrounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations
    • Living in emergency or transitional shelters
    • Abandoned in hospitals
    • Living in places that are not regular sleeping accommodations for people
    • Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings
    • Unaccompanied Youth, youth who are not in the physical custody of their legal parent/guardian, are able to access services on their own.

    What we do

    As homeless education facilitators, we:

    • Locate and enroll students in the HEART program
    • Protect a student’s "School of Origin" – the school that a student last attended when permanently housed
    • Coordinate transportation to student's "school of origin"
    • Communicate to each school regularly about HEART students currently enrolled in their building and contact teachers and/or school officials about developing issues
    • Serve as a liaison between the school, parents, students and community agencies to meet the educational needs of students
    • Accumulate statistics about the mobility of students experiencing homelessness
    • Visit school buildings to support students, staff and parents with any issues/concerns
    • Network with other community agencies and programs involved with homelessness to coordinate advocacy efforts and link community services
    • Assist in obtaining educational documents and records
    • Ensure that children and youth, including unaccompanied youth, enroll and have a full and equal opportunity to succeed in school

    Our goals

    We aim:

    • to support and meet the educational needs of students in short-term or temporary housing situations
    • to maintain consistency of the educational process while living in transitional housing
    • ensure the same opportunity to meet high academic standards as all students
    • engage parents, school, and the community as full partners in the educational process of students who are in transitional situations
students in a heart shape