Project UP-START is the Education Program for Children and Youth Living in Transition in Miami-Dade. The program assists schools with the identification, enrollment, and attendance of students in transition to help ensure their successful academic achievement.
Project UP-START services are available to students enrolled in Miami-Dade County Public Schools from Head Start through 12th grade who are experiencing unstable housing. Any student who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, as defined by the Stewart B. McKinney-Bruce Vento Homeless Assistance Act, qualifies for Project UP-START.
A student who is residing in the following circumstances qualifies for Project UP-START:
• Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar
reason, also known as “doubled-up;”
• Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative
• Living in emergency or transitional shelters; or
• Living in a car, park, public space, abandoned building, substandard housing, train station,
or other public or private place that is not designed for ordinary use as a regular sleeping
accommodation for human beings.
If your family is experiencing unstable housing conditions based on any of the categories above, please complete the Project UP-START Student Eligibility Questionnaire (FM-7378) below and electronically submit it to the Project UP-START Program or provide the completed form to your child’s school.