HEART Program for Homeless (Mckinney-Vento)

Spokane Valley HEART is a collaborative program of the Central Valley, East Valley and West Valley School Districts. The Program is in place to address and support the educational needs of students who find themselves in temporary or transitional housing during the school year.

The HEART Program works closely with Spokane Valley Partners (10814 East Broadway - 927-1153), area shelter and housing providers, the Spokane Homeless Coalition, Greater Spokane Valley Support Network, area community resources, and the City and County of Spokane. We work together to ensure educational stability for students in short-term, temporary and transitional housing situations so they feel supported and encouraged while they secure permanent housing.

The Program also works closely with area school districts, including Spokane Public Schools, Mead, Freeman, Cheney, Deer Park, Medical Lake, Riverside, Nine Mile Falls, Great Northern, Liberty, Post Falls, and Coeur d'Alene school districts, in an effort to create a region-wide network to support students in short-term, transitional and temporary housing situations.

Program Goals:

  • Support and meet the educational needs of students in temporary and transitional housing situations.
  • Maintain consistency in the educational process while living in transitional or temporary housing.
  • Provide the same educational opportunities to students in temporary and transitional housing situations as other students receive.
  • Engage parents, school and community as full partners in the educational process of students in transitional and temporary housing.
  • Provide a connection between school and home.

Program Services:

  • Coordinate transportation arrangements for students to remain in their "school of origin".
  • Provide necessary school supplies.
  • Connect students and their parents with before and after-school programs in their district.
  • Facilitate assessment of children and youth in reading, writing and math to make transition to classroom easier and more productive.
  • Help school staff locate and compile records for students in temporary or transitional housing who are new to the district
  • Connect students and families with appropriate school district and community resources.
  • Facilitate orientation for new students and their parents to school.
  • Serve as a liaison between school, parents, students and community agencies to meet the educational needs of children and youth.
  • Communicate with schools about students in their building, and contact teachers, and school administrators about developing issues.
  • Maintain contact with school buildings to support students, staff and parents with issues that pertain to students in transitional and temporary housing situations.

Parents/guardians are encouraged to contact our HEART Liaison at any time during the school year, should they find themselves facing homelessness or if their circumstances change and they need resources.

For more information, please contact:

Inge Arbacauskas, McKinney-Vento / HEART Liaison
c/o EVSD Administration
3830 N. Sullivan, Bldg. 1
Spokane, WA 99216

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 509-241-5480
FAX: 509-927-9500


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