When Help is Needed on the Homefront Legacy Charter School 4015 S. Legacy Way Nampa, Idaho 83686 (208) 467-0947 Gayle O’Donahue Legacy Charter Homeless Liaison Coordinator Updated 8-26-2011 Legacy Charter School Mission “…to develop students who are competent, confident, productive, and responsible young adults who possess the habits, skills, and attitudes to succeed in life and be offered the invitation of a post- secondary education and satisfying employment.” Legacy Charter School Philosophy Legacy Charter School is grounded in the belief that when there is low threat and highly challenging content, accelerated learning takes place. Purpose of “When Help is Needed on the Homefront” The Legacy Charter School Board of Directors, founders, administrator, teachers, and staff firmly believe in the school’s charter and its emphasis on kindness, and the ideals that every student and school employee has the right to come to school expecting a safe and kind environment for all concerned. And, as part of the Nampa community, Legacy Charter representatives also hold that, to the extent possible, they serve as a community resource when help is needed. The purpose of this brochure is to carry out these beliefs by assisting Legacy families who may face the issue of homelessness. When Help is Needed on the Homefront, p. 2 Who are the homeless? Homeless children and youth as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, and includes living in any of the following situations as described by the U.S. Department of Education: Doubled up with grandparents, family, or friends due to economic conditions Living in a motel/hotel because other housing in unavailable. As a runaway youth In a home for pregnant or unwed mothers without another place in which to live In a domestic violence center In transitional housing On the streets Staying in abandoned buildings Sleeping in public places Living in a car, trailer, or campground A child awaiting foster care A seasonal work family staying in unfit housing. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2001 addresses the rights of homeless youth (paraphrased for understanding): 1. Youth who are homeless have the right to the same public education (including preschool) that other children enjoy. 2. State agencies are required to make it easier for homeless youth to enroll in and benefit from school. 3. A student cannot be denied enrollment in a school simply because he or she is homeless. 4. Students who are homeless will be given the same educational materials and services that other students receive in order to pass state tests. Students who are homeless… Have the choice to attend their last school or the school where they are currently living. Must receive a written statement of their rights when they enroll and two other times per year. May enroll without school, medical, or other usual registration paperwork. Have a right to school transportation. May receive textbooks, supplies, or services needed to succeed in school. Must receive a statement explaining any denial of service or enrollment. Automatically qualify for Free & Reduced school meals and Title I services if needed and available. Must receive transportation and services while disputes are settled, if they occur. School Districts must… Reserve a portion of Title I funds to serve students who are homeless. Review and revise policies that impeded students who are homeless. When Help is Needed on the Homefront, p. 3 Post rights of students who are homeless in schools and places frequented by the homeless. Identify a McKinney-Vento Liaison to assist students and staff on homeless issues. (For Legacy, Mrs. O’Donahue, Community Relations Director) Where to find help if/when you need it in Nampa… Legacy Homeless Liaison 467-0947 (ask for Mrs. O’Donahue) Free & Reduced School Lunch 467-0947 (ask for Food Services) Salvation Army 467-6586 (Assistance w/ food, clothing, furniture, energy bill, transportation, referrals, etc.) Idaho Food Bank 336-9643 Terry Reilly Health Services 467-4431 211 16th Ave. N. Central District Health and WIC 375-5211/327-7488 707 N. Armstrong Pl., Boise Idaho Dept of Labor 364-7781 4514 Thomas Jefferson St., Caldwell Love INC 466-7810 Idaho Power Moratorium Idaho Careline @ 211 Intermountain Gas Moratorium 377-6840 Where to find meals, food boxes, personal items if/when you need it in Nampa… 12 Baskets Food Pantry, 11212 Lonestar Rd. 546-5896 (Monday-Friday, 1-3 pm) Apostolic Assembly, 119 1st Ave. N. 409-6860 (Tuesday & Thursday, 6-9 pm) Rock Christian Missionary Alliance, 466-7746 (Wednesday, 2-4 pm) 77 S. Happy Valley Rd. Seventh Day Adventist Community Service Ctr, 461-1651 (Wednesday, 12-4 pm) 1515 Checola Ave. Nazarene Care House, 1524 6th St. S. Ave. 466-5364 (Tuesday & Thurs., 1-4 pm) St. Vincent de Paul, 1203 7th St. N. 442-3089 (Tuesday & Thurs., 3-5 pm) Free meal sites in Nampa… Boise Rescue Mission-Lighthouse 461-5030 (M-Su, 6:30 am, breakfast; 472 Nampa-Caldwell Blvd. Noon, lunch; 7 pm, dinner) Emergency Shelters in Nampa… Boise Rescue Mission-Lighthouse 461-5030 472 Nampa-Caldwell Blvd. Community Family Shelter 461-3733 1412 4th St. S. When seeking assistance from local and state agencies, it is generally required to provide identification, eviction/shut-off notices, or other documents regarding your situation. If you are a Legacy family, be sure to contact the Legacy Homeless Liaison, who can provide you with additional materials and community resources to assist you in improving your situation.
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