How to Access Services
Most students access our services through their school, a shelter or community agency, where they fill out our Referral Paperwork. If there is an emergency (for instance, an eligible student has been denied immediate enrollment or a family has no transportation to get to a school), families can call our offices directly at (734) 994-8100, x1518.
Our paperwork is meant to enhance services and our understanding of a student's needs. It cannot be used as a barrier to school enrollment or other rights under McKinney-Vento.
- Conduct training for school and community agency staff regarding McKinney-Vento.
- Assist with McKinney-Vento eligibility questions, immediate school enrollment or difficulties in securing transportation to the school of origin.
- Promote needs and rights of students experiencing homelessness within community.
- Provide funding and coordination for stop-gap transportation.
- Offer creative solutions to transportation challenges such as rides to and from after-school tutoring and parent-teacher conferences.
- Distribute school supplies, including backpacks, notebooks, folders, pens, pencil and calculators.
- Necessities, including personal hygiene items such as deodorant, shampoo, soap, etc.
- Provide socks, underwear, hats and gloves (as supplies last).
- Provide clothing through referrals through area thrift shops.
Education-Related Financial Assistance
- Assist students with school-related financial needs that cannot be met in other ways, such as fees for credit recovery, graduation, field trips and summer school courses.
- Help unaccompanied youth fill out their Federal Financial Aid form and college applications.
- Connect families with children 0-3 with Early On services: www.1800EarlyOn.org.
- For quality free preschool programs visit www.washtenawpreschool.org.
- Partner with Child Care Network and Ann Arbor Rec & Ed to connect families with scholarships for quality, licensed childcare.
- Connect families to Housing Access of Washtenaw County (HAWC).
- Help families access emergency assistance.
- Work to reconnect students who have dropped out of school with an educational option that best meets their needs.
- EPHY makes referrals to meet an array of needs, including medical, counseling, emergency food, household goods and personal items.