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Helping students experiencing homelessness succeed in school

The Families in Transition Program helps children and youth access Pennsylvania’s public schools by removing barriers to a free and appropriate public education. The goal of the Families in Transition Program, known as FIT, is to have a student’s education continue as uninterrupted as possible while the student is living in a homeless situation.

The program assists students who are experiencing homelessness with school enrollment and with transportation arrangements to and from school. Many students face a variety of obstacles that hamper their ability to attend school. The homeless education coordinator strives to remove these barriers and to coordinate support services the children needs or is receiving.


A student  homeless if they are living in any of the following situations:

  • Living in a shelter, domestic violence shelter, or a transitional home
  • In a public or private place not designated as a regular sleeping accommodation (vehicle, park, hotel or campground)
  • Living with relatives or friends due to lack of housing (doubled up)
  • Unaccompanied Youth

How Families in Transition can help

  • Assist with school enrollment and placement
  • Provide agency referrals for clothing, food, shelter and healthcare
  • Provide educational materials such as school supplies and uniforms
  • Provide basic needs such as hygiene products, socks, undergarments, winter items
  • Arrange transportation when applicable
  • Coordinate support services with community agencies
  • Organize task force to serve as focal point for action, planning and coordinating services for homeless students

How YOU can help Families in Transition

The following items may be donated:

  • Book Bags
  • School Supplies
  • School Uniforms (New or gently used, all sizes)
  • Personal Care Items
  • Socks
  • Sneakers (new)
  • Gloves, Scarves and hats (new)
  • Winter coats (new or gently used)
  • Towels and washcloths (new)
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Bus Passes
  • Gift Cards to grocery stores, Walmart, Target, Good Will, Community Aid

Please send monetary donations to: School District of Lancaster, Attn: Families In Transition, 251 South Prince Street, 3rd Floor, Lancaster, PA 17603. Make checks payable to: Families In Transition.

Make a request to speak with the Families in Transition team

  • Select the school your student attends, if applicable