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Families in Transition  Information and links to resources

Families in Transition  Information

Facts about the McKinney - Vento Education Act:

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's (DPI) Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program required by the United States Department of Education (USDE), as authorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act, Title IX, Part A – Homeless Children and Youths, Sec.722 (f)(5) protects homeless students from discrimination and mandates equal access to educational programs and services. Students who are identified as homeless must have barriers to their education removed.

Community Resources:

House of Mercy homeless shelter:

(608) 754-0045

American Red Cross for residential fires:

(608) 754-4497

ECHO food pantry and emergency shelter vouchers:

(608) 754-5333

Salvation Army emergency shelter vouchers and transitional living programs:

(608) 757-8300

YWCA domestic violence shelter and transitional living programs:

(608) 752-5445

HealthNet free clinic:

(608) 756-4638

Simply dial 211 from your cell phone or landline anywhere in Wisconsin. If you cannot reach us through 211, call 877-947-2211

211 specialists can connect you with a wide range of resources and services. Contact us today to get expert, caring help with food, health care, housing and utilities payment assistance, employment services, veteran services, childcare, crisis and emergency counseling, disaster assistance, and more. 211 operators offer help in more than 180 languages.

How Can You Help?

The following is a list of ongoing needs of our youth experiencing housing instability. , please consider donating. You can drop your donations at the Education Services Center for Carrie Kulinski.

List of Needs:

  • Socks (all sizes)
  • Underwear (all sizes)
  • Warm/water proof gloves
  • Winter Boots
  • Snow pants
  • Gift cards (food or groceries)
  • Gas cards (fuel only cards)
  • Bus tokens:  gold and purple youth token
  • School supplies
  • Backpacks Toiletries

Helpful Links

To learn more about the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act, try the following websites:

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction:

National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY):

National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE: