Please email Shelley Werner when you know or suspect students and/or their family members to be living:
- With friends, their grandparent, uncle, cousin or co-worker, etc...
- In a motel, hotel or shelter
- With a "guardian" (many students qualify for FiT services because the guardian does not have permanent custody)
- In emergency or temporary placement situations
Also, refer if the parent or student states that the person they are living with:
- Becomes incarcerated
- Is seeking treatment for an addiction
- Suddenly becomes unemployed
- Is in danger of being evicted
- Is part of a domestic violence situation
Refer even if you find out about a family's situation months after it has taken place or if a child's temporary housing situation only lasts a short time. There is no time limit associated with a temporary housing situation and FiT students receive services for the entire school year and will often move in and out of housing stability. Showing support and providing resources are on-going FiT services.
Families also qualify for FiT services if:
- Living without electricity, running water or in buildings that are not structurally sound or may create a health risk due to infestation.
- Living in cramped or crowded housing arrangements
- They have home damage due to a natural disaster
Please don't worry that you may refer someone who does not qualify. I enjoy speaking to our community members and I'd rather talk with a family who doesn't qualify than miss one that does. You don't have to figure out if the family qualifies, I'll handle that part!