No single system – whether education, homeless response, housing, workforce development, or public benefits – is able to meet all the needs of children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness. Identifying and staying in communication with school and community partners is foundational to building effective collaboration that benefits all children, youth, and families they serve.

Purpose of this tool: School and district staff members (e.g. school district homeless liaisons, school social workers, etc.) and community-based organizations (CBOs) may not know where to start to identify partners who are equipped to meet the needs of children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness. This partner inventory tool aims to provide partner networks with a template for locating, gathering, maintaining, and sharing information on partners in an organized manner.

How to use this tool:

Step 1: Search for potential partners in key partner systems below, which include links to contact and summary information.

Step 2: Download the editable spreadsheet and use the tabs at the bottom of the spreadsheet organized by partner system (early childhood, K12 education, higher education, housing and homeless response, etc.). Partner networks can customize Addl System 1 and Addl System 2 tabs to add more partner systems if needed.

Step 3: Add partner information into the relevant tab at the bottom of the spreadsheet and share the spreadsheet during meetings to encourage regular updating. It may be useful to use a document-sharing serving like Google Drive or Dropbox to facilitate a ‘crowd-sourcing’ approach to keeping contact information up-to-date.

➡️ Click Here to Download the Editable Spreadsheet

This resource is part of the ARP-HCY Technical Assistance Center’s school-community partnerships suite of resources. To view other resources, click here.

Search for potential partners in key partner systems:

Possible Early Care and Education (ECE) Partners

Existing or recommended ECE partners by state, county, school district, or local community partner leadership or partners.

Local child care leadership/providers
Childcare.gov
CCR&R Search – Child Care Aware® of America
Local Departments of Social Services | Directories
Search for Child Care | Division of Child Care Services | Office of Children and Family Services
Search for Child Care Services | NYC Health and Mental Hygiene
Local Head Start leadership/providers Head Start Center Locator | ECLKC
Regional child care administrators Regional Offices | Directories | Office of Children and Family Services
State child care administrator State and Territory Child Care and Development Fund Administrators
State and/or school district
preschool/early childhood
development leadership
Google search, state education department or school district website search, recommendation by state or local education or community partner leadership or stakeholder
Child Care Access Means Parents In School Program (CCAMPIS)
Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program | U.S. Department of Education
Awards — Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program | U.S. Department of Education
Other early care and education initiatives or partner groups? Google search, recommendation by state or local education or community partner leadership or stakeholder

 

Possible K12 Education Partners

Existing or recommended Higher Education partners by state, county, school district, or local community partner leadership or partners.

District Homeless Education Liaisons NYS-TEACHS Homeless Liaison Contact List
District Foster Care Points of Contact
Public School District Points of Contact for Foster Care
Charter School Points of Contact for Foster Care
District School Counseling Director Recommendation by local liaison, Google search, school district website search
District Career and Technical Education Director (for K12 CTE programs) Recommendation by State CTE Director, local liaison, Google search, school district website search
District Career and Technical Education Director (for K12 CTE programs) Recommendation by State CTE Director, local liaison, Google search, school district website search
Homeless Education School Points of Contact, if applicable Recommendation by local liaison
Communities in Schools Local Affiliate
Affiliate Map : – Communities In Schools
Schools & Partners
NYS Community Schools TAC
State Coordinator for Homeless Education
New York State Education Department McKinney-Vento Homeless Education
NCHE State Level Data and Contact Information
State Foster Care Point of Contact NYSED Foster Care
State Career and Technical Education (CTE) Director (for K12 CTE programs)
PCRN: State Profile – National Summary
PCRN: State Profile – New York
State School Counseling Director Recommendation by State Coordinator, Google search, state education department website search
Other K12 education initiatives or partner groups? Google search, recommendation by state, county, school district, or local community partner leadership or partners

 

Possible Higher Education Partners

 

Existing or recommended higher ed partners by state, county, school district, or local community partner leadership or partners
District Career and Technical Education Director (for post-secondary CTE programs) Google search, school district website search, recommendation by state or local education or community partner leadership or stakeholder
Foster Care Single Points of Contact
Google search, institution of higher education website search, recommendation by state or local education or community partner leadership or stakeholder
Participating EOP Campus Contacts | SUNY
Campus Directory – The City University of New York
State Career and Technical Education Director
(for post-secondary CTE programs)
PCRN: State Profile – National Summary
PCRN: State Profile – New York
State or local college access and success organizations Google search, recommendation by state or local education or community partner leadership or stakeholder
TRIO and Student Support Services Programs TRIO Footprint in 2022-23: Project Sites Throughout the U.S. and Other Jurisdictions
Campus food programs (food banks, Swipe Out Hunger, etc.)
Google search, institution of higher education website search, recommendation by state or local education or community partner leadership or stakeholder

Campus Partners | SwipeOutHunger.org

SUNY Campus Food Security Resources

Child Care Access Means Parents In School Program (CCAMPIS)
Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program | U.S. Department of Education
Awards — Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program | U.S. Department of Education
Other higher education initiatives or partner groups? Google search, institution of higher education website search, recommendation by state or local education or community partner leadership or stakeholder
SUNY Campus Homeless Liaisons Directory SUNY homeless liaisons contact list
SUNY Mental Health Resource Directory Find Mental Health Resources Near You
SUNY Campus Counseling and Wellness Office Directory Student Counseling Centers – SUNY

 

 

Possible Housing and Homeless Response Partners

Existing or recommended Housing and Homeless Response partners by state, county, school district, or local community partner leadership or partners.

State or local homeless coalitions Google search, recommendation by state or local education or community partner leadership or stakeholder
Continuum of Care partners Grantee Contact Information | HUD Exchange
Emergency Solutions Grant (shelter) partners Grantee Contact Information | HUD Exchange
Runaway and Homeless Youth Act program partners Grantees of the Family and Youth Services Bureau
Homeless shelters Find Shelter | HUD.gov / U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
New York State Homes and Community Renewal Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program Section 8 – Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program | Homes and Community Renewal
New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Housing and Support Services

Housing and Support Services | OTDA

Other housing or homeless response initiatives or partner groups? Google search, recommendation by state or local education or community partner leadership or stakeholder

 

Possible Workforce Development Partners

Existing or recommended Workforce Development partners by state, county, school district, or local community partner leadership or partners.

 

Local apprenticeship offices Apprenticeship Office Finder | CareerOneStop
Local youth employment programs Youth Program Finder | CareerOneStop
Local Job Corps centers Job Corps Center Finder | CareerOneStop
State and local workforce development boards Workforce Development Board Finder | CareerOneStop
Other workforce development initiatives or partner groups? Google search, recommendation by state or local education or community partner leadership or stakeholder

 

Possible Physical and Mental Health Care Partners

Existing or recommended Physical and Mental Health Care partners by state, county, school district, or local community partner leadership or partners.

 

Local mental health programs Mental Health Program Directory | NY Office of Mental Health
Local mental health agency Find Your Local NAMI
State mental health agency New York State Office of Mental Health
National Alliance for Mental Illness
state and local programs
Find Your Local NAMI
Substance Abuse Prevention and
Treatment Block Grant (SABG) Contacts
Substance Use Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Services Block Grant (SUBG) Contacts | SAMHSA
Other mental and behavioral health initiatives or partner groups? Google search, recommendation by state or local education or community partner leadership or stakeholder
Health Insurance Navigator Directory NY State of Health | Navigator Directory
Health Care Markplace Assistor/Broker Directory NY State of Health | Assistor or Broker Search

 

Possible Public Benefits Partners

Existing or recommended Public Benefits partners by state, county, school district, or local community partner leadership or partners.

 

New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Programs and Services Programs and Services | OTDA
New York State Local Departments of Social Services Local Departments of Social Services
Hunger Solutions New York: Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP) SNAP Enrollment Navigator Directory Help with SNAP – Hunger Solutions New York
New York State SNAP Outreach Provider Directory SNAP Outreach Providers | SNAP | OTDA

 

Possible Non-Profit/Philanthropic Partners

Existing or recommended Non-Profit/Philanthropic partners by state, county, school district, or local community partner leadership or partners.

Catholic Charities USA FIND YOUR LOCAL CATHOLIC CHARITIES
Catholic Legal Immigration Network Affiliate Directory | Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)
Law Help New York LawHelpNY
Legal Services Corporation I Need Legal Help | LSC – Legal Services Corporation: America’s Partner for Equal Justice
Lutheran Services Our Network – Lutheran Services in America
The Salvation Army Salvation Army
The United Way of New York State Find a Local United Way

 

Possible Transportation Partners

Existing or recommended Transportation partners by state, county, school district, or local community partner leadership or partners.

511NYRideShare Regional Transportation Resources Directory Regional Resources

 

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