Project UP-START services are available to students enrolled in Miami-Dade County Public Schools from Head Start through 12th grade who are experiencing unstable housing. Any student who is lacks fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, as defined by the Stewart B. McKinney-Bruce Vento Homeless Assistance Act, qualifies for Project UP-START. 

A student who is residing in the following circumstances is qualified for Project UP-START:

  • Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason, also known as “doubled up;”
  • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations;
  • Living in emergency or transitional shelters; or
  • Living in a car, park, public space, abandoned building, substandard housing, train station, or other public or private place that is not designed for or ordinary used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.
Department of Education and the McKinney-Vento Act

For further information, please contact Project UP-START: