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Homeless Education, Assistance, and Resource Team (HEART)



Homeless Education and Resource Team represented by two overlapping hearts and the CUSD logo below.
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act has been reauthorized and incorporated into Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  The reauthorization ensures educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness. 


The federal government’s legal definition of homelessness based on the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act is anyone who…
  • Lacks a regular, fixed and adequate nighttime residence (sub-standard housing).
  • Is sharing housing due to economic struggles (doubled-up).
  • Is living in a shelter, hotel or motel.
  • Is living in a public place not designed for sleeping (cars, parks).
  • Is an unaccompanied youth.
  • Is a child or youth abandoned in a hospital.
  • Is a migrant child who qualifies under any of the above. 


  • 211 - Comprehensive source of information about local resources and services in the county
  • Families Solution Collaborative – A coalition of the leading family homeless services providers
  • CalWORKs – Department of Social Services – Public assistance program that provides cash aid and services to eligible families that have child(re) in the home. If a family has little or no cash and needs housing, food, utilities, clothing, or medical care, they may be eligible to receive immediate short-term help. Families that apply and qualify for ongoing assistance receive money each month to help pay for housing, food, and other necessary expenses.
  • Social Services Agencies in Orange County:
 Address: 23330 Moulton Pkwy, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Open ⋅ Closes 5PM
  • Families Forward – Homeless prevention, provides access to housing and resources.
  • One Step Ministry - Help for single-parent families who are homeless or at risk of experiencing homelessness. 
  • Stand Up for Kids - helps homeless and street kids (12-24 years of age) every day in cities across America
  • Laura’s House – Domestic violence shelter in Orange County, provides emergency shelter to women and children fleeing domestic violence situations, as well as counseling and legal support - (877) 854-3594
  • School on Wheels – Free tutoring and mentoring to children from K-12 living in shelters, motels, vehicles, group foster homes, and the streets of Southern California.
  • Youth Crisis Line
    (800) 843-5200
  • Child Abuse Registry
    (800) 207-4464
For Additional Information, Contact:

For Additional Information, Contact:

Margarita Vivas, Special Projects and Grants Technician
 (949) 234-9297 -