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HERN Transportation

Getting students from Point A to Point B!

Getting transportation to and from school is a big challenge for families that are homeless. For that reason, it is one of the most important services we provide. Research shows that changing schools can affect how well a student does in school. Research also shows that it can affect how well a student forms relationships with other students. Students that move from school to school tend to have lower test scores and achieve less in school.

In order for a student to attend a Boston Public School, the district requires that they live in the city of Boston. The district also limits families to schools within their attendance zone. Families that are homeless often find temporary housing outside of their original school zone; sometimes even outside of Boston. Since these families do not intentionally choose to move to another school zone or city, the McKinney-Vento Act protects them. The law allows students that are homeless to choose to remain in their original school. It also requires that these students be given free transportation to and from school, regardless of the distance.

HERN helps students that become homeless receive the transportation they need

This is done with the help of the school districts in which the family temporarily lives. It is the job of the school districts involved (BPS and the school district in which the family resides), to set up and pay for the transportation. It is not the job of the child or guardian. From 2009 to 2010, out of 1,366 students served, HERN guaranteed transportation to 833 students.

If you know of a child who is homeless that needs transportation to or from school, please contact us.

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