The Education Project, formerly the Education Project for Homeless Youth (EPHY), is a joint project of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District and Ozone House that works to ensure students experiencing homelessness and temporary living situations enroll, regularly attend, and succeed in school.
During the 2015-2016 school year, we served over 1,200 students in Washtenaw County, ages 0-21, from the nine school districts and ten public school academies in the county. Every school district in Washtenaw County works with students in temporary living situations.
We work closely with all of the shelters in Washtenaw County, but also serve families living in motels or staying with friends and family due to loss of housing. We also work with students in temporary foster care placements.
We are funded primarily through the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, reauthorized in January of 2002. The Act guarantees that students who are homeless have equal access to the same free and appropriate public education provided to others. We also rely on private donations and grants to directly meet student needs.
To contact us, call the Education Project office at 734-994-8100 x1518 or email at EPHYContact@washtenawisd.org.
A recent school supplies drive was covered by the Ann Arbor News.