The Education Project, a project of the Livingston Educational Service Agency (LESA), works to ensure students in temporary living and homeless situations enroll, regularly attend and succeed in school.
We serve students from the 5 public school districts (Brighton, Fowlerville, Hartland, Howell, and Pinckney) and the 3 public Charter schools (Cheryl Stockwell Academy, Kensington Woods, and Flex-Tech). On average, every year in Livingston County there are over 500 students living in temporary situations.
We work closely with all of the shelters in Livingston County, but also serve families living in motels or staying with friends and family due to loss of housing. We also work with students in temporary foster care placements.
We are funded primarily through the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, reauthorized in January of 2002. The Act guarantees that students who are homeless have equal access to the same free and appropriate public education provided to others. We also rely on private donations and grants to directly meet student needs.