Homeless Students Education Program

Sheena Torres-Nunez, LCSW
District Homeless Liaison
Phone: (239) 337-8333

Yolanda Fernandez, Secretary
Project ACCESS 
Phone: (239) 337-8596

The School District of Lee County
Lee County Public Education Center
2855 Colonial Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33966
Fax: (239) 335-1452

Program Overview

The Project ACCESS Program works to Assist, Clarify, Coordinate, Educate, and provide Support Services for all homeless children and youth referred in the School District of Lee County. The district homeless education liaison coordinates efforts with the Project ACCESS social worker, and Title I school social worker to provide activities for, and services to, homeless children, including preschool-age and unaccompanied youth that enable, them to enroll in, attend, and succeed in school.

Project ACCESS can:

  • Advocate for homeless children and their families.
  • Help insure that homeless children in the district will not feel stigmatized due to their homeless status.
  • Provide school supplies, including backpacks and/or uniforms to each child.
  • Coordinate efforts with transportation (in and out of district) to provide transportation to and from school as needed.
  • Make all school activities, including before and after school programs accessible to each child.
  • Provide tutoring and/or accessibility to tutoring as needed.
  • Help parents complete enrollment forms and assist in obtaining school records, immunization records, birth certificates and other records as needed.
  • Coordinate efforts with local community agencies to provide basic needs and services for homeless students and families, including medical, vision and dental care on a limited basis.
  • Create awareness of, and promote sensitivity to the educational and legal rights of homeless children and youth in school personnel.