The Project UP-START Program assists with the identification, enrollment, attendance, and academic support of students who are living in unstable housing.  Each school has a designated School UP-START Liaison to help identify students living in unstable housing as well as work with Project UP-START staff on services for the student. Upon enrollment into the Project UP-START Program, students will automatically receive free lunch. Students can apply for transportation through Project UP-START if they live over two miles from their School of Origin, the school the student was attending when he/she had stable housing. Families or school staff of eligible students, can call the office for case management services or make an appointment to speak with an UP-START staff member in person.  Efforts are made to expedite psycho-educational evaluations for children who may be gifted or who are experiencing academic or behavioral difficulties. Project UP-START also works to increase advocacy on behalf of students through distribution of information to school-based personnel on issues related to unstable housing and available community resources.

Additionally, Project UP-START has an after-school tutorial component that is designed to supplement the learning taking place in selected shelter sites.  Activities to promote a healthy sense of self and to strengthen academic competence are part of the tutorial sessions. The parental/family component brings participants to workshops in order to learn ways to help their children with homework, communication with school staff, or for guidance to access the Parent Portal. Parental/family involvement meetings are scheduled on a regular basis at selected shelter sites to encourage academic success of UP-START students.


For further information, please contact Project UP-START: