Homeless Resources for Families with Children
Families comprise 40% of the homeless population. Children in these families typically change schools 7 to 8 times per year, significantly disrupting their peer relationships and education. Cincinnati Public Schools provides a program which works with several local agencies to help connect students and families experiencing homelessness with resources to address basic needs. The program is called Project Connect.
Families in immediate need of housing should contact 513-381-SAFE.
Project Connect can help families answer questions about dispute resolution, transportation services, school supplies, enrollment process, housing resources, and enrichment programs. Families may visit the Project Connect Resource Center, located at 2120 Vine Street, which is open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 3 PM. Walk-ins are welcome. The office phone number is 513-363-6570.
Cincinnati Public Schools provides an online application for these services, and a downloadable flyer, which can be dispersed to parents, is available to provide guidance and answer common questions about education rights and free services to inquire about.
Project Connect also serves as an information resource for homeless liaisons working in Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren Counties. Homeless Liaisons are school staff members responsible for identifying students experiencing homelessness, ensuring school enrollment and attendance, and providing opportunities for academic success. You can learn more about the Project Connect program on the Cincinnati Public Schools website.
Project Connect is also available to conduct consultations regarding the implementation of the program in surrounding districts. You can call 513-363-6570 to arrange a session or request a complete list of homeless liaisons.