Project Help

Project Hope & Empowerment ~ Leveraging Possibilities

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.

Program Goals

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.  

Homeless Children and Youth under the McKinney-Vento Act

Who are Homeless Children and Unaccompanied Youth?

McKinney-Vento Act (Section 725) identifies homeless children and youth as those who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. Key provisions in identifying homeless children and youth include, but are not limited to: 

  1. Doubled-up with other persons due to loss of housing, hardship or similar reason
  2. Living in motels, outdoor/public spaces, substandard housing or similar settings
  3. Living in shelters (emergency or transitional) or transitional housing programs
  4. Migratory children who are living in any of the above circumstances 

Contact Us

Project HELP
Department of School, Family & Community Education
Baker Center, 3908 Avenue B, Room 201
Austin, TX 78751
Office: 512-414-3690
Fax: 512-414-0761

 

  • Rosie Coleman, Coordinator & District Homeless/Foster Care Liaison
    Austin ISD - Department of School, Family and Community Education
    512-414-0114
    rosie.coleman@austinisd.org
     
  • Laurie Lopez, Clerk V
    512-414-3691
    laurie.lopez@austinisd.org
     
  • Howard Hooper, Jr., Project Supervisor
    512-414-0760
    howard.hooper@austinisd.org
    Vertical Teams:
    Anderson High School Vertical Team
    Austin High Vertical Team
    Lanier Vertical Team
    Clifton School
    Foundation for the Homeless
     
  • Dylan Gerald, Project Supervisor
    512-414-6741
    dylan.gerald@austinisd.org
    Vertical Teams:
    Akins High School Vertical Team
    McCallum High School Vertical Team
    Reagan High School Vertical Team
    Foster Care
     
  • Martha Rivera, Project Supervisor
    512-414-0758
    martha.rivera@austinisd.org
    Vertical Teams:
    LBJ/LASA High School Vertical Team
    Travis High School Vertical Team
    Garza Independence High School
    Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders
    Rosedale
    Homebound
    Foundation Communities
    Posada Esperanza
    SafePlace
    Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program (JJAEP)
    LifeWorks
    Salvation Army
    Austin Women and Children's Shelter
     
  • Lupe Ochoa, Project Supervisor
    512-414-6748
    lupe.ochoa@austinisd.org
    Vertical Teams:
    Bowie High School Vertical Team
    Crockett High School Vertical Team
    Eastside/International High Schools Vertical Team
    Rosedale