Our Mission

Project HELP's mission is to ensure the educational rights and protections due under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act to all students experiencing homelessness.


Three primary goals of Project HELP include: (1) providing services to an increasing number of Austin ISD students under McKinney-Vento, (2) maintaining partnerships/collaborations with our many community resource collaborators, and (3) ensuring our service strategies are student-centered and aligned with students foremost being academically successful.  

About Project HELP

 The McKinney-Vento Act in Our Schools


Courtesy of The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) www.naehcy.org/educational-resources/videos


 P-HELP in the News and Updates

JANUARY 04, 2016 - CapCity Kids Donates $6,000 to District's Unaccompanied, Homeless Youth
CapCityKids, also known as the Capital City Fund for Education, is a nonprofit organization created to help children attain a quality education.  CapCityKids donated $6,000 in $50 gift cards to Target for AISD's students who are homeless and not in the physical custody of a parent or legal guardian.  The gift cards were distributed to students before winter break. 

NOVEMBER 03, 2015 - 2015 Flooding in Central Texas
Information for resources for Austin ISD families and staff affected by the floods can be found here.  

NOVEMBER 03, 2015 - Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas
Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas provides civil legal services to low-income people through attorney volunteers in Travis County.  Their clients include minimum wage workers that need legal assistance.  Click www.vlsoct.org for more information about this service. 

OCTOBER 22, 2015 - Black Walnut Cafe Ribbon Cutting
Black Walnut Cafe, located at 11101 Burnet Road, donated $2000.00 to Austin ISD - Project HELP.  Thanks to @BlackWalnutCafe for your generosity!
Ribbon Cutting Day at the Black Walnut Cafe  

OCTOBER 19, 2015 - 2015 Coats for Kids Distribution Day
Coats for Kids will have its annual community event at the Palmer Events Center on Saturday, December 12, 2015 from 8:00am - 3:00pm.  New and gently worn winter coats will be given to eligible youth residing in Central Texas.  Click www.jlaustin.org/coats for more information and to access eligiblity requirements. 

SEPTEMBER 23, 2015"Austin ISD homeless students population increases" by Joseph Basco
Rose Coleman, Project HELP Project Supervisor, is quoted in this article in the Community Impact Newspaper speaking to some factors involved in the increase in homeless students in Austin ISD.  To read the full article click on the link below.