• If your family lives in any of the following situations you qualify for certian rights and protections under the federal McKinney-Vento Act:

    1. In a shelter.

    2. In a motel or campground due to the lack of an alternative adequate accommodation.

    3. In a car, park, abandoned building, or bus or train station.

    4. Doubled up with other people due to loss of housing or economic hardship.

    Your eligible children have the right to:

    * Receive a free, appropriate public edcation.

    * Enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment.

    * Enroll in school and attend classes while the school gathers realted documents.

    * Enroll in the local school: or continue attending their school of origin (the school they attended when permanently housed or the school in which they were         last enrolled), if that is your preference and is feasible.  

    * At your request receive tansportation up to one hour to and from the school of origin.

    * Receive educational services comparable to those provided to the other students, according to your children's needs.

     

    Resources

     Chatham Housing Authority

    240 Crowell Road

    Chatham, MA 02633

    508-945-0478

    Harwich Housing Authority

    732 Main Street

    Harwich, MA 02645

    508-430-7515

    Housing Assistance Corporation Cape Cod

    460 West

    508-771-5400 Main Street

    Hyannis, MA 02601

    HAC is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit and offers a continuum of housing programs that evolve with the changing needs of the community. HAC educates, trains and counsels with HAC’s consumer education department; weatherizes and conducts energy rehabs for low-income and market-rate properties; develops affordable housing for seniors, families and individuals; and provides an opportunity to become a homeowner with a full-service nonprofit real estate office.

    HAC also provides emergency shelter and homelessness prevention assistance for individuals and families; administration of the largest housing subsidy program in our region; and family self sufficiency and employment services.

     Homeless Prevention Council

    508-255-9667

    The Homeless Prevention Council provides professional case management services that give extensive counseling and guidance to those at risk of becoming homeless. This aspect of the client services includes: advocacy and access to housing programs, funding, budgeting and negotiation for rent and mortgage.

     Department of Transitional Assistance

    181 North Street

    Hyannis, MA 02601

    508-862-6600

    Emergency Housing Assistance

     Department of Housing and Community Development

    1-866-584-0653