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HELP Program

The HELP Program provides assistance to homeless students and families to remove barriers to education and ensure academic success in school.  Students and families in homeless situations are often confronted with unique challenges to enroll, regularly attend, and succeed in school.  The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act ensures educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness.

School Year Number of Identified Homeless Students in Henderson County Public Schools
2010-2011 317
2011-2012 311
2012-2013 297
2013-2014 314
2014-2015 318
2015-2016 304
2016-2017 372
2017-2018 341
2018-2019 358
2019-2020 319
2020-2021 323
2021-2022 337







For more information, please contact:

Jessica Ownbey

Call Ms. Ownbey at: 828.388.0294

Email Ms. Ownbey

Sugarloaf Elementary School •  2270 Sugarloaf Road •  Hendersonville, NC 28792

Shannon Auten

Director of Student Services/Homeless Services; Designated Liaison

Email Mrs. Auten

Lisa Phillips

North Carolina State Coordinator for Homeless Education

Call Ms. Phillips at: 336.315.7491