EPS Homeless Liaison for Students and Families
Mr. Charles Obremski
Assistant Superintendent of Schools and Business AffairsContact Mr. Obremski
121 Vine Street, Everett, MA 02149
(617) 394-2400 Ext. 6121
Everett Public Schools
Homeless Policy and Procedures
WHAT HOMELESS FAMILIES NEED TO KNOW:
- Charles Obremski, Assistant Superintendent of Business Affairs, is the Homeless Liaison for students and families in the Everett Public Schools.
- Children and youth experiencing homelessness have the right to attend school.
- A permanent address is not needed to enroll in school.
- Children in homeless situations have the right to stay in the school they attend before becoming homeless or where they last enrolled (school of origin) if the parent or guardian so chooses.
- Schools must provide a written explanation if a placement dispute occurs; parents/guardians may contact the District’s Homeless Liaison.
- A homeless child cannot be denied school enrollment just because school records or other enrollment documentation are not immediately available and must be enrolled immediately.
- A homeless child has the right to participate in extracurricular activities and all federal, state, or local programs for which he/she is eligible
- A homeless child is entitled to free breakfast and lunch, transportation assistance and to receive Title I services.
- Unaccompanied youth, homeless youth not living with parent(s) or guardian(s), have these same rights.
McKinney-Vento Definition of Homeless
A homeless student is one who:
- Does not have a permanent home
- Lives in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds.
- Is in State care or custody or lives in cars, parks, public places, abandoned buildings, sub-standard buildings, or similar settings.
- Shares housing of other persons due to the loss of housing economic hardship, or a similar reason.
- Is considered an unaccompanied youth (youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian) are placed in a Starr Program.
Download the Complete Everett Public Schools Homeless Policy and Procedures here:
The YouthHarbors program serves homeless, unaccompanied high school students who statistically have only a 27% chance of graduating from high school.
YouthHarbors provides them with housing assistance, an adult support network, and individualized life skills development lessons so they can find safety in appropriate housing, graduate high school, and break the cycle of homelessness and poverty to become self-sufficient adults.