COVID-19 Resources for Homeless Liaisons
The following links regarding COVID-19 provide homeless liaisons with guidance, support, and resources for meeting the educational needs of homeless children and youth.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI)
- Lighting Our Way Forward: North Carolina’s Guidance to Reopening Schools (Summary) – The Governor’s guidance to help with NC Public Schools reopening
United States Department of Education (USED)
- This US ED webpage provides updated resources for elementary and secondary schools, and institutions of higher education, to help inform their coronavirus response efforts.
National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE)
- Information and resources for homeless liaison on meeting the needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness regarding COVID-19.
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
- Find childcare for school-age children during remote learning
- Latest information and resources for North Carolina residents on COVID-19.
SchoolHouse Connections (SHC)
- Providing best practices and strategies to help homeless liaisons meet the needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Preparing for School Reopening and Recovery: Considerations in Serving Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness https://www.schoolhouseconnection.org/preparing-for-school-reopening-and-recovery/
United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH)
- Reinforcing the Homelessness Crisis Response System: Lessons Learned from Seattle & King County (webinar recording and slides)
- Food Benefits for School-Age Children:
- On September 28, 2020, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) announced that it will provide additional benefits through the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program to help families purchase food for children whose access to free and reduced-price meals at school has been impacted by remote learning this fall due to COVID-19. The program provides a benefit on an EBT card that can be used to buy food at authorized retailers, including most major grocery stores.
- In the P-EBT program this fall, children are eligible if they had access to free or reduced-priced meals at school last year, their school district or charter school is eligible to provide free or reduce-priced meals at school this year, and their school district or charter school utilized remote learning for all students for at least five consecutive school days between August 17th and September 30th.
- This is different than the eligibility criteria for P-EBT benefits in the spring, which was available to all children who normally access free or reduced-priced meals, regardless of school circumstance. The new eligibility criteria are based on requirements from the US Department of Agriculture. To find out whether a school district or charter school is receiving fall P-EBT benefits, view the list here.
- More information about the P-EBT program can be found at www.ncdhhs.gov/PEBT.
- Apply for Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation Grants for Hunger Relief by September 15, 2020
- Find free, healthy meals for children ages 18 and younger
- Call toll-free 1.866.3Hungry (1.866.348.6479) or 1.877.8Hambre (1.877.842.6273)
- Text “FoodNC” to 304-304 for information in English or “COMIDA” to 304-304 for information in Spanish
- Note the 304-304 number replaces the former 877-877.
- Use the No Kid Hungry North Carolina mapping tool
- NCDPI has an interactive map for families to find free or affordable high-speed internet service offerings across the state.
- Families needing food assistance can text “FOODNC” or “COMIDA” to 877-877 or visit the interactive map to locate nearby meal sites.
- Access for Nutritious Food: Kelly Kimple at Kelly.Kimple@dhhs.nc.gov
Child Care Resources:
- Child Care Hotline for Essential Workers: 1-888-600-1685, available Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Parent Application for Financial Assistance for Emergency Child Care (Parents should submit to the childcare provider.)
- Access to Safe, Affordable, Childcare: Kristi Snuggs at Krisit.Snugss@dhhs.nc.gov
- Access to Remote Learning support: Beverly Emory at Beverly.Emory@dpi.nc.gov
- The College Foundation of NC has developed a Financial Aid Tips for Students Affected by the Coronavirus document. The tips are available in both English and Spanish.
COVID-19: Strategies in Action!
- NCHEP Connecting with Homeless Students & Families: Homeless Liaison Strategies During COVID-19
- See how Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is supporting McKinney-Vento students both internally and externally during the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Tracking Student Identifications Resulting from COVID-19
- Any student identifications that are a direct result of COVID-19 should not only be included in the Homeless Module of PowerSchool, but should also be tracked using the NCHEP Disaster Tracking Log.
- Additional data collection resources are provided on the NCHEP Data Collection web page.
- Data Collection questions should be directed to Patricia Lentz.
COVID-19 Funding for NC
- In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the transition of public schools to remote learning, the challenges of no face-to-face interaction, has shined a bright light on the inequities of internet access across the state. Many students are without reliable internet access or their own devices. A bill introduced in late May would help bridge the digital divide.
- House Bill 1181 – Specific appropriations for education/COVID-19 would appropriate $150 million to DPI to improve internet connectivity for students by installing Wi-Fi in school buses and providing community and home internet access points; $65 million to DPI to purchase computers for students and school personnel; $25 million to DPI for grants for schools to apply for funds to support extraordinary costs associated with services for exceptional children; $25 million to DPI for contracted services for school.
- Filed 5/26/20, passed 1st reading, referred to Committee on Appropriations. To be continued