McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act grantees are awarded funds through a competitive request for proposals process to provide activities and services to homeless children, including preschool-aged homeless children, that enable such youth to enroll in, attend and succeed in school or preschool programs.

The following Maine programs are currently receiving funds from McKinney-Vento.

Lewiston STEP (Students Transitioning, Experiencing Progress) Program

Lewiston High School
156 East Ave.
Lewiston, ME 04240
207-795-4190 (ext. 2214)
Mary Seaman, Program Coordinator

Lewiston’s STEP Program ensures that academic supports are in place for all high school students experiencing homelessness. The program is designed to provide daily supports, academic programming, opportunities for examining post-high school pursuits and a means to eliminate barriers to high school life. The program coordinator collaborates with more than 50 other schools to help students remain at their schools of origin or make the school transition easier. 

Provided services include:

  • Assistance with school enrollment
  • Academic programming with peers
  • Individualized assistance with academics
  • Equal access to educational opportunities
  • Academic assessments
  • Post-high school planning
  • Ties for free housing
  • Transportation needs
  • Health and counseling connection
  • Community liaisons for work and program support
  • Scholarships
  • School supplies, clothing, work wear, prom clothing, caps and gowns, etc.

Merrymeeting Project

14 Middle Street
Brunswick, ME 04011
Donna Verhoeven
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The Merrymeeting Project, which has been helping homeless and at-risk young people since its inception 14 years ago, is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and administered by the Maine Department of Education. Merrymeeting Project recently became a program of Tedford Housing and works in conjunction with Regional School Unit 1, Brunswick School Department and SAD 75. Under McKinney-Vento, the project advocates for the educational rights of homeless youth.

Street Academy

57 Douglas Street
Portland, ME 04102
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The mission of Street Academy is to assure that homeless youth have free access to an appropriate public education and training that will successfully meet their education and employment needs. Street Academy offers the following services, among others:

  • Assistance in enrolling in school of choice or other educational programs within the community
  • Advocacy to reduce the barriers that homeless youth encounter while pursuing their educational goals
  • Coordination of travel
  • Preparation for the high school equivalency exam
  • Support in job attainment, survival and success
  • Career exploration and guidance
  • Planning for all aspects of college, including SAT prep, choosing a college, applications, financial aid, scholarships and fee waivers
  • Academic assessment in reading and mathematics
  • Tutoring
  • Multi-sensory reading
  • Photo identification

Tedford Housing

14 Middle Street
Brunswick, ME 04011
Craig Phillips, Executive Director
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Tedford Housing works to end homelessness in Maine by providing, in collaboration with others, shelter, housing and services to those in need. The organization helps people become more self-sufficient and advocates for change so that no one faces the prospect of being without a home.