Homeless Services


Homeless Liaison
Denise Kreiss is the Homeless Liaison for TPS. Her role assists with educational stability and referrals for wrap-around services. For more info email [email protected] or submit the Service Request Form to refer a displaced family.

Homeless Services
Families who are homeless qualify for McKinney-Vento Services which ensures educational equity.

Service Request Form
Please complete the service request form if a youth or family does not have a primary nighttime residence.

FAQ McKinney Vento Services
Educational Rights of Children and Youth Experiencing Homeless Situations

The educational rights of homeless students are protected under the New Jersey State Constitution and Federal Law. All Trenton Public School employees understand that homeless students are entitled to all the rights of students who are not homeless, including:

  • Bilingual Education/ESL
  • Special Education
  • Vocational Educationn
  • Gifted and Talented Education
  • Extra-Curricular and Non-Academic Activities
  • Non-Discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation/sexual preference

Who is considered homeless? This question has been clearly answered by state and federal statutes. A family or child without a fixed, regular and adequate residence. This means families living in a shelter (welfare hotel, congregate shelter, transitional housing; an institution providing a temporary residence prior to an intended institutionalization; and a place not designed or typically used by people for regular sleeping accommodations.

  • A student is homeless if s/he:
  • Lives with a parent in a domestic violence shelter
  • Is a runaway living in a shelter
  • Is a mother living in a home for adolescent mothers
  • Is sick or abandoned and living in a hospital but would be released if s/he had a permanent residencee
  • has been abandoned
  • Is the child of a homeless family living with relatives or friends out of necessity
  • Is the child of a migrant family which lacks adequate housing

In the Trenton Public Schools the Homeless Liaison is Denise Kreiss. She can be reached at email: [email protected] or telephone at 609-656-4900 x5670.

Service Request Form

If a parent is experiencing displacement please complete this form for assistance. Community and district staff may also complete this form.