Homeless Student Assistance Program

RESA helps local districts meet federal requirements to aid students with housing issues.

The program provides educational assistance for children and youth who are homeless or in shelter programs, networks with schools and agencies to ensure educational continuity, and identifies and eliminates 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.

Laura McDowell
(810) 364-8990

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.
View the video  (14:15)

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.
View the video  (8:24)

Homelessness: Enrolling Homeless Students
This video shows school staff how to properly enroll homeless children in school.
View the video  (5:54)

Homelessness: Transporting Homeless Students
This video will assist school staff with what rights homeless students have in regards to school transportation.
View the video  (10:03)

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.