Students & Families Experiencing Homelessness (SAFEH)
The Students & Families Experiencing Homelessness ( SAFEH, formerly FYIT) program was developed because of the Federal McKinney-Vento Act of 1987. This act requires each educational agency to ensure that homeless children and youth have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as other children and youth. Homeless children and youth should have access to educational and other services that they need to enable them to meet the same challenging State student academic achievement standards to which all students are held. In addition, homeless students may not be separated from the mainstream school environment. States and districts are required to designate a homeless liaison to identify who these students are, to review and undertake steps to revise laws, regulations, practices, or policies that may act as a barrier to the enrollment, attendance, or success in school of homeless children and youth.
Teri Gee, MS, PPS, DPS
SAFEH Liaison, Head Counselor
SAFEH Program Administrator
Student Equity & Advocacy Team
20 Cook Street SF CA 94118
Phone: (415) 750-4500 ext. 1408
Fax: (415) 750-8653
The SAFEH Program provides the following services:
- Immediate Enrollment and Placement : To enroll students into K-12 schools, parents or guardians must go to the Educational Placement Center (EPC), (415) 241-6085.
- Primary Contact : Enrollment Counselor or the Assistant Manager, 555 Franklin Street in Room 100, San Francisco, CA 94102 , (415) 241-3136
- Transportation: Transition students receive monthly Muni fast passes when using public transit is the only option for getting to/from school, i.e., not within walking distance, taking the school bus, or be driven to school by family members. All SAFEH students qualify for SFMTA’s Free Muni for Youth Program. Please see more information and download application at: http://www.sfmta.com/getting-around/transit/fares-passes/free-muni-youth
- Uniforms and Backpacks: School uniforms are issued to transition students that are attending schools that require uniforms. Backpacks are given when needed and requested. Please contact your school's social worker or Wellness Coordinator.
To utilize services, please contact the SAFEH Liaison, Teri Gee.
10 Things Professionals Can Do to Assist Transition Students
- Welcome students and give them a sense of belonging.
- Create structure and routine. Review expectations and rules frequently, both written & verbal.
- Keep students’ living situations confidential.
- Meet with parents and/or students upon enrollment to discuss the student’s strengths and challenges.
- Establish a buddy system to foster peer relationships and to facilitate student adjustment.
- Problem solve with students to address academic obstacles or social challenges.
- Provide a safe and secure place for students to keep their belongings.
- Ensure equal access to educational services or program, field trips, and after-school activities.
- Consult with the school nurse or other support staff if medical or mental health concerns arise due to stress, trauma, or lack of basic survival needs.
- Encourage parents/caregivers to be active part of a child’s education.
Sources: Minneapolis Public Schools, National Center for Homeless Education
Families on the verge of homelessness
Eviction Prevention & Rental Assistance services: back rent assistance, tenant education and legal services, housing stabilization, and case management.
- Eviction Defense Collaborative (EDC) (415) 947-0797.
- Catholic Charities Rental Assistance Program (415) 972-1333.
Families homeless and need shelter
- Connecting Point (CP) is the centralized in-take agency for families accessing city-funded family shelters. CP operates a toll-free hotline and provides crisis counseling, information referral, drop-in services, and manages the wait list for family shelter. (415) 442-5130. www.compass-sf.org. 995 Market Street 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA.
- Hamilton Family Emergency Center has 1-60 day emergency shelter beds. Call for availability @ 11a.m.or 5p.m. at (415) 292-5228.
- Raphael House is the only private shelter in San Francisco. To schedule an intake, please call (415) 474-4621.
- www.myhousing.org – excellent website for families to find community resources & housing in San Francisco, Alameda, and Contra Costa Counties.
Families fleeing domestic violence
- Riley Center offers safe & confidential services for women in abusive relationships and their children at Brennan House & Rosalie House. 24 hr Crisis Hotline (415) 255-0165.
- WOMAN Inc (Woman Organized to Make Abuse Nonexistent) serve battered women in San Francisco and the Bay Area. (415) 864-4722 or 1-877-384-3578.
- La Casa De Las Madres offers emergency shelter and community based services for abused women, teen, and their children. Adult line- 1-877-503-1850.
- Teen Line-1-877-923-0700.
- Larkin Street Youth Services – Serving unaccompanied youth by offering the following services: health services, education & employment, and housing. 1142 Sutter St. Suite 700, San Francisco, CA. (415) 673-0911.
- Homeless Pre-Natal Program- Provide services for low-income families and homeless families with assisting in accessing the following services: housing/shelter, prenatal and parenting programs, mental health, substance abuse, immigration, and domestic violence, computer and ESL classes. 2500 18th St. San Francisco, CA. (415) 546-6756.
- Huckleberry Youth Programs- Offers continuous 24-hour crisis services and emergency shelter to high-risk youth between the ages of 11 and 17. (415) 668-2622.