Proyecto HELP/Project HELP

Our Mission

Project HELP's mission is to ensure the educational rights and protections due under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act to all students experiencing homelessness.

Program Goals

Three primary goals of Project HELP include: (1) providing services to an increasing number of Austin ISD students under McKinney-Vento, (2) maintaining partnerships/collaborations with our many community resource collaborators, and (3) ensuring our service strategies are student-centered and aligned with students foremost being academically successful.

Homeless Children and Youth under the McKinney-Vento Act

Who are Homeless Children and Unaccompanied Youth?

McKinney-Vento Act (Section 725) identifies homeless children and youth as those who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. Key provisions in identifying homeless children and youth include, but are not limited to: 

  1. Doubled-up with other persons due to loss of housing, hardship or similar reason
  2. Living in motels, outdoor/public spaces, substandard housing or similar settings
  3. Living in shelters (emergency or transitional) or transitional housing programs
  4. Migratory children who are living in any of the above circumstances

TEA McKinney Vento Flyer for Parents - English
TEA McKinney Vento Flyer for Parents - Spanish
TEA McKinney Vento Flyer for Students - English
TEA McKinney Vento Flyer for Students - English

Contact Us

Project HELP
Department of School, Family & Community Education
Campbell Elementary School
2613 Rogers Ave. Room 207
Austin, TX 78722
Office: 512-414-3690
Fax: 512-414-0761
Liaisons Chart

Rosie Coleman, Coordinator & District Homeless/Foster Care Liaison
Austin ISD - Department of School, Family and Community Education

Laurie Lopez, Clerk V

Howard Hooper, Jr., Project Supervisor
Vertical Teams:
Anderson High School Vertical Team
Austin High Vertical Team
McCallum High School Vertical Team
Navarro Vertical Team
Clifton School
Foundation for the Homeless

Martha Rivera, Project Supervisor
Vertical Teams:
Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders
Garza Independence High School
LBJ/LASA High School Vertical Team

Northeast High School Vertical Team
Travis High School Vertical Team
Foster Care
Foundation Communities
Posada Esperanza
Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program (JJAEP)
Salvation Army
Austin Women and Children's Shelter

Lupe Ochoa, Project Supervisor
Vertical Teams:
Akins High School Vertical Team
Bowie High School Vertical Team
Crockett High School Vertical Team
Eastside/International High Schools Vertical Team