Housing Instability Support
Serving Students in Transition
D.C. Everest offers services to families and students experiencing homelessness through school-based programs and supports. Children and youth who meet the McKinney-Vento definition of homelessness have rights and are eligible for services. These services include: access to free school meals, free school supplies, school fee waivers, the right to remain enrolled in the school they attended prior to becoming homeless, and transportation to and from school. Parents/guardians of children or unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness should discuss the situation with the student’s School Social Worker or Morgan Hintz, District Homeless Liaison, at 715.359.4221 ext, 5882 or email Morgan Hintz.
McKinney-Vento definition of homelessness.
The term ‘homeless children or youth” refers to individuals who
- Lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence
- Share housing with other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason
- Live in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodation
- Live in emergency or transitional shelters
- Have been abandoned in a hospital
Have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for humans, such as cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings.
Housing Instability Resources
If your family lives in any of the following situations
- In a shelter, motel, vehicle, or campground
- On the street
- In an abandoned building or other inadequate accommodations, o
- Doubled up with friends or relatives because you cannot find or affordable housing
Then, your preschool-aged and school-aged children have certain rights or protections under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act.
Reach out to Morgan Hintz, DCE district liaison for support.
- North Central Community Action Programming
- Marathon Community Development Authority
- Forward Service Corporation
- Habitat for Humanity of Wausau - Home Ownership Program
- Marathon County Health Department - Housing
- Wisconsin Water Assistance Program
- Home Energy Plus Program
- Energy Services, Inc.
- Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Fund
Food and Essentials Resources
The DCE Middle School, DCE Junior High and DCE Senior High each provide school pantries for students and families in need. These pantries provide personal hygiene products, food, clothing, shoes and more. Students are provided confidential access to the pantries and should visit their Student Services office if they would like to visit the pantry. Pantries are also open to families. Family members should contact the School Social Worker to arrange a time to visit.
- The Neighbors Place
- Wausau Salvation Army Food Pantry
- Wausau Meals on Wheels
- Wausau Area Mobile Meals
DCE Senior High and DCE Junior High have a student based clothing closet that is open to all students.