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Information For Homeless Families

Are you currently in transition or worried that you may become homeless?

Jardine Jerome and Debbie Bonilla are the Homeless Service Coordinators for students and families in the Cambridge Public Schools. They can help families link to school-based services and make referrals for community based services. Jardine can be reached at 617.201.6039 or 617.349.6551. Debbie can be reached at 617.233.4348 or 617.349.6492.

Mary Grassi is the Homeless Liaison. She can be reached at the Title 1 Office at 617.349.6487.

What Homeless Families Need To Know
Children who are homeless have the right to attend school even if:

  • They don’t have a permanent address.
  • They don’t have all the required documents.
  • They find housing outside the district and need transportation to and from their original school.

Students must be allowed to stay in the school they were attending before becoming homeless even if they move from place to place. The school district must provide transportation to and from the child’s school if the parent wants the child to stay in their original school.

Children cannot be treated differently from their peers solely because of their residential status.

Children who are homeless are entitled to free breakfast and lunch.

Parents have a right to file a complaint if they feel their child is being kept out of school unfairly.

Unaccompanied youth [not living with parent(s) or guardian(s)] have these same rights.

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