Homelessness

The mission of Denver Public Schools Homeless Education Network is to assist DPS students experiencing homelessness through direct support and advocacy. The primary objective is to remove educational barriers to help ensure students engage successfully in school and cultivate their unique strengths and talents.

HEN is a resource for DPS schools to provide guidance and the connection to Denver-area support services for families experiencing homelessness. HEN also ensures district compliance of the McKinney-Vento Act Title IX of ESEA.

SUPPORT & RESOURCES: Call 720-423-1980 or 720-423-1983

HEN focuses support on school readiness and student success including:
• School enrollment and advocacy
• Backpacks/school supplies
• School meal assistance
• Clothing, uniform assistance and school fee assistance
• Basic-need supplies
• Community resources
• School transportation

Students and Families may qualify if they are living in the following situations:
• Shelter or Transitional Housing Program
• Motel/Hotel
• Doubled up with friend of relative due to loss of housing and economic hardship
• Unsheltered- parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings
• Unaccompanied youth not in the physical custody or presence of a parent or legal guardian and living in one of the above situations

Briana West, McKinney-Vento Liaison FNE DPS Region ECE-8th Grades | 720-423-1983 (she/her) is a McKinney-Vento Liaison for the Far Northeast Region of Denver Public Schools ECE-8th Grade. This is her third year being a part of the Homeless Education Network and ESEA Title Programs. She an extensive background in Child Welfare social work and holds a Master’s degree in Human Services emphasizing Non Profit Management. She is a direct service provider and completed certification to become a Poverty Coach. Briana is passionate about educating fellow educators about the various strengths and challenges of our students in the district that are experiencing homelessness.