Homeless Education Network (HEN)

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    The mission of Denver Public Schools Homeless Education Network (HEN) is to assist DPS students experiencing homelessness through direct support and advocacy. The primary objective is to remove educational barriers to help ensure students engage successfully in school and cultivate their unique strengths and talents.

    HEN is a resource for DPS schools to provide guidance and the connection to Denver-area support services for families experiencing homelessness.

    HEN ensures district compliance of the McKinney-Vento Act Title IX of ESSA

    HEN focuses support on school readiness and student success including:
    • School enrollment and advocacy
    • Backpacks/school supplies
    • School meal assistance
    • Clothing, uniform assistance and school fee assistance
    • Basic-need supplies
    • Community resources
    • School transportation

    Students and Families may qualify if they are living in the following situations:
    • Shelter or Transitional Housing Program
    • Motel/Hotel
    • Doubled up with friend of relative due to loss of housing and economic hardship
    • Unsheltered- parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings
    • Unaccompanied youth not in the physical custody or presence of a parent or legal guardian and living in one of the above situations

    Visit the Homeless Education Network website to learn more about the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act and HEN services.


  • Anna Theisen
    Program Manager
    Homeless Education Program
    720 423-1982

    Far Northeast Region Elm, K-8 and Middle Schools: Briana West  720.423.1983

    Southwest/Southeast Region Elm, K-8 and Middle Schools: Rebecca Romero   720.423.1986

    Central/Near Northeast Region Elm, K-8 and Middle Schools: Keya Flakes 720.423.1981

    Northwest Region Elm, K-8 and Middle Schools: Calvin Kuntzen 720.423.1984  (Hablo Español)

    DPS High Schools: Whitney Whitaker  720.423.1985

    Patricia Vaughan: School Counselor Lowry Elm. 720.423.5968

    HEN Fax: 720.545.0425

    Intake Line: 720.423.1980


    Rebecca D'Occhio

    Site Manager