Homeless Student Assistance Program

The purpose of this project is to provide educational assistance for children and youth who are homeless or in shelter programs, to network with schools and agencies to ensure educational continuity and to identify and eliminate barriers to success in school.


RESA staff serve as liaison between the students/families and the schools, and provide a variety of services. RESA offers in-service opportunities to districts about the school’s responsibilities and roles regarding homeless students. RESA provides tutors to meet with students in varying locations, coordinates record keeping, arranges transportation, and schedules other support as needed. RESA staff also train shelter staff about working with schools.

Learn more about the offerings by viewing the videos, at right. 

Contact: Laura McDowell, (810) 364-8990 ext. 4022.

Videos explore plight of homeless students 

Get a first-hand look at its causes, and how educators can respond.


Homelessness: It Can Happen to You

Last year over 1,000 children and adults took residence in a local shelter. This documentary illustrates the serious problem of homelessness in St. Clair County.

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Homelessness: What You Need to Know

Of the nation's homeless population, half are families with children. This video helps school staff understand their role in making sure homeless children receive an education.

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Homelessness: Enrolling Homeless Students

This video shows school staff how to properly enroll homeless children in school. 

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Homelessness: Transporting Homeless Students

This video will assist school staff with what rights homeless students have in regards to school transportation. 

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Copies of these videos are available for purchase. 

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Online Resources

St. Clair County Community Mental Health  

Provides homeless prevention and assistance resources.