Families in Transition

  • Supported by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, Families in Transition is a program for students and families in temporary housing situations.  The program goal is to ensure that homeless children and youth have equal access to the same free, appropriate, public education provided to other children, with the opportunity to meet the same challenging New York State content and student performance standards.  In recent years, the program proudly provided service to up to 180 children anually in Ballston Spa.

    Families in Transition supports children who are in temporary housing, or children who do not  have a fixed, adequate and regular nighttime residence.  Examples of temporary housing include:

    • Sleeping at a campground or motel due to loss of housing
    • Staying with friends or relatives because of a loss of housing or economic hardship (also known as doubled up)
    • Staying in an emergency or transitional shelter
    • Sleeping in a car, bus, train station or other public place
    • Sleeping in an abandoned building or some other inadequate accommodation
       
      This program also assists students residing in a shelter situation, and helps remove barriers to enrollment, attendance and supports the success of homeless children in school.  The District has a counselor assigned to the High School to assist students in temporary housing.  Her support is available in all buildings, district wide.  If you feel that you might be eligible for this program, please contact:

    Cathy Roy
    Counselor for Students in Transition
    Liaison for Families in Temporary Housing
    Ballston Spa High School
    (518)884-7150 ext. 2368