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Community and Family Connections

 

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act ensures educational stability for children and youth experiencing housing instability. Students who lack fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence qualify for additional support and resources. Unaccompanied Youth, students whose living situation is not fixed, regular or adequate and who are not in the physical custody of a parent or legal guardian, also qualify. Our team of 7 CFC Liaisons work to identify and verify eligibility. They are also trained to assist with Medicaid /CHP enrollment. Educational advocacy, increasing staff awareness and community partnerships increase positive outcomes for students.

 

 

 

Contact the CFC liaison in your area (listed below) for assistance. You can also view our program flyer in English and Spanish. 

Community and Family Connections Brochure
Community and Family Connections Brochure (Spanish)

SUBMIT A REFERRAL

If you know of a student experiencing housing instability please use our online form below to refer them to the CFC program or call the Intake Line at 303.982.1144.

REFERRAL form 

Community & Family Connections Directory

2022-2023 Community and Family Connections Articulation Areas

 

INTAKE LINE

303-982-1144

 

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Coordinator

Doria Barajas

303-982-4581

[email protected]

   

Oscar Fonseca – Bilingual Liaison

303-982-0830

[email protected]

Covering Jefferson and Golden Articulation Areas

   

Jeremy Bennett – Liaison

303-982-8184

[email protected]

Covering Chatfield, Columbine, Conifer, Dakota Ridge, Evergreen and Green Mountain Articulation Areas

   

Laura Monreal Herrera – Liaison

303-982-0831

[email protected]

Covering Arvada HS, McLain Community High, Brady Exploration

   

Damien López - Liaison

303-982-6110

[email protected]

Covering Arvada West, Pomona, Ralston Valley and Standley Lake Articulation Areas.  Charter schools and Jeffco Virtual Academy.

   

Martha Yvette Martínez – Bilingual Liaison

303-982-3215

[email protected]

Covering Lakewood and Wheat Ridge Articulation Areas and Miller Special Education

   

Daneet Montes – Bilingual Liaison

303-982-9455

[email protected]

Covering Alameda and Bear Creek Articulation Areas

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Dalina Gonzalez – Bilingual Liaison

303-982-3198

[email protected]

Covering Arvada Articulation Area, Option and Special Schools

Indicators of Homeless and Unaccompanied Youth

  • Sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason

  • Living in motels, hotels

  • Living in RVs, inadequate trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of adequate alternative accommodations

  • Living in emergency shelters or transitional housing programs

  • Abandoned in hospitals

  • Living in a public or private place not designed for humans to live

  • Living in cars, parks, abandoned buildings, bus or train stations, etc.

  • Living in any of these situations and fleeing an abusive situation, even if the parent would provide support and a place to live

  • Migratory children living in the aforementioned circumstances

  • Unaccompanied youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian

  • Classroom Indicators of Homelessness (pdf)

Accommodations and supports for homeless and unaccompanied Youth

  • Immediate enrollment without proof of residency, immunizations, school records, or other documents
  • Transportation to the school of origin
  • Enrollment in free lunch program and other school resources
  • Identify and remove barriers that prevent youth from receiving appropriate credit for full or partial coursework satisfactorily completed while attending a prior school, including barriers due to fees, fines, or absences
  • Assistance from counselors to advise such youths, prepare for, and improve readiness for college
  • Privacy protections under FERPA about a McKinney-Vento student's living situation
  • Providing school stability. School stability applies when students lose housing during the year or during the summer. Research demonstrates that keeping the student in the school of origin is in the student's best interest.

    School of origin is the school attended when permanently housed or school in which last enrolled. Once determined as in a homeless situation, the student shall be permitted to:
    • Continue in the school of origin for the duration of homelessness, and until the end of the academic year in which the student becomes permanently housed; or
    • Enroll in any public school that is within the attendance area where the student is residing.

Access, Equity and Opportunity Student Scholarship

Jeffco Public Schools Title I is pleased to announce two, $1,000 scholarships for identified Jeffco Public Schools McKinney Vento youth who plan to continue to a post-secondary education. This includes accredited 2 year, accredited 4 year, and accredited trade or vocational school.

Apply Below!

Access, Equity and Opportunity Student Scholarship Application

Community and Family Connections Resources

Below are links to resources and information to assist students and families with homelessness and at-risk issues

Community & Family Connections Resources

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