Welcome to the S.A.F.E. Program
"Reducing Barriers to the Education of Homeless Children and Youth"
who we are:
S.A.F.E. is a Mansfield City Schools program in partnership with local shelters and the community, federally funded through a grant from the Ohio Department of Education under the McKinney-Vento Education for the Homeless Children and Youth Program.
The S.A.F.E. Homeless Program is a collaborative effort by the Mansfield City Schools, local shelters, and the community to provide supplemental educational services to children and youth who are experiencing homelessness. S.A.F.E. is funded through the McKinney-Vento Act and serves approximately 500 children and youth annually.
What we do:
The S.A.F.E. Program provides different services to those that participate, such as a McKinney-Vento Liasion, school supplies for school-aged children, enrollment support to ensure that children are enrolled successfully into school, transportation, community collaboration, campus wear for students in grades 7-12, professional development, and community awareness.
Homelessness is stressful, especially for children, and can cause developmental delays, learning difficulties, depression, and anxiety. Regardless of their living conditions, all children have the right to receive high-quality educational and social services in a safe and caring environment.
Does My Family Qualify?
The term "homeless children and youth" means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence and includes:
Children and youth who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardships, disasters, or similar reasons.
Living in a public or private space that is not designed for humans to live.
Living in substandard housing.
Living in transitional or emergency shelters.
Living in a motel/hotel, trailer park, campgrounds, cars, abandoned buildings, or similar settings.