About Project Connect
Children account for the fastest growing segment of the homeless population.
While families work to fulfill their basic health and safety needs, the educational needs of children experiencing homelessness are often not prioritized.
Founded in 1996, Project Connect provides advocacy paired with specialized educational services and lifestyle enrichment opportunities for children who have neither a voice, nor a choice, in experiencing homelessness. Cincinnati Public Schools annually serves about 3,500 students who are experiencing homelessness.
Community Resources — Help is Available for CPS Families
Families in immediate need of housing should contact 513-381-SAFE. Families may also visit the Project Connect Resource Center, Monday-Friday from 9:00 am-3:00 pm at 2120 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH., 45202 or call 513-363-6570. Project Connect works with several local agencies in order to increase our capacity to meet the basic needs of students and families experiencing homelessness.
To assist our CPS students experiencing homelessness, Project Connect:
- Clears obstacles to enrollment and attendance
- Arranges transportation
- Distributes school supplies and backpacks
- Supplies uniforms and clothing
- Arranges immediate access to the free lunch program
- Makes referrals to other educational resources
- Offers an eight-week summer academic and enrichment program
- Provides tutoring and enrichment opportunities through after-school programs
- Encourages parents to increase their involvement in their children's education
- Advocates and increases awareness of educational rights
- Provides streamlined referrals to local agencies serving children and families experiencing homelessness.
Did You Know?
- The average age of a homeless person is only 9 years old.
- Families comprise 40% of the homeless population.
- Children experiencing homelessness change schools 7-8 times per year.
- Read more Homelessness Facts
To make a donation, click "DONATE" tab below or contact the Project Connect office (513) 363-6570 for more details.
Under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, every school district is required to appoint a liaison. Project Connect serves as an information resource for homeless liaisons working in Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren Counties.
Homeless Liaisons are school staff members responsible for identifying students experiencing homelessness, ensuring school enrollment and attendance, and providing opportunities for academic success.
Call Project Connect if you have questions concerning:
- Dispute resolution
- Transportation services
- School supplies
- Enrollment process
- Housing resources
- Enrichment programs
Project Connect is also available to conduct consultations regarding the implementation of the McKinney-Vento Act in surrounding districts. Please call to arrange a session or request a complete list of homeless liaisons.
Project Connect Resource Center (WALK-INS ARE WELCOME)
Hours 9:00am-3:00 pm Monday-Friday
2120 Vine St. 45202