Rescue Union School District

Educating for the Future, Together

During this time of changes and shifting patterns with the students we serve it is important that we continue to support students and families who meet the criteria of the McKinney-Vento Act, which serves children experiencing homelessness.
 
Under McKinney-Vento, homelessness is defined as: ". . . Individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence." This definition includes:
    • Children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason
    • Children and youths who may be living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, emergency or transitional shelters
    • Children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings
    • Children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings, or
    • Abandoned in hospitals or unaccompanied youth- not in the physical custody of a parent or legal guardian and meet the homeless definition
    • Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are children who are living in similar circumstances listed above
 
If you have any questions or concerns as relates to housing status, please reach out to one of the following:
 
RUSD Community Liason:   Graciela Ramirez, (530) 672-4811, gramirez@my.rescueusd.org
 
RUSD McKinney-Vento Liaison:   Meghan Magee, (530) 672-4804, mmagee@my.rescueusd.org
 
Office of Education McKinney-Vento Coordinator:   Margaret Lewis, (530) 295-4539, mlewis@edcoe.org
 
 
 
Free and Reduced Lunch Program

Free and Reduced Lunch Program
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The Food Service Department provides lunch at all school sites. Your child may qualify for free or reduced cost services based on Federal eligibility guidelines and new guidelines are issued each year. Food Service offers an online application process for the free/reduced meal program that is fast, confidential and secure. For details please check the Food Service website at: http://rescuecafe.org.
 
Now you can apply for free or reduced school meals online! The process is quick easy and FREE, and in a few short steps you’ll be done! Since the information you’re providing is electronic we’ll be able to review your application faster than ever before. Go to www.schoollunchapp.com or click the button below.
 
 
Transportation Information

Transportation Information
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The Transportation Department offers transportation to all schools except Lake Forest Elementary School. Your child may qualify for free or reduced cost based on Federal eligibility guidelines and new guidelines are issued each year. To apply for a free or reduced rate bus pass, please fill out the Rescue Union School District Free and Reduced Price Transportation Application. For more information regarding transportation services, please visit the department page at http://www.rescueusd.org/Departments/Transportation/index.html
 
 
Homelessness Resources

Homelessness Resources
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SchoolHouse Connection is a national non-profit organization working to overcome homelessness through education. We provide strategic advocacy and practical assistance in partnership with early childhood programs, schools, institutions of higher education, service providers, families, and youth. We believe education is the only permanent solution to homelessness. Our vision is that children and youth experiencing homelessness have full access to quality learning, birth through higher education, so they will never be homeless as adults, and the next generation will never be homeless.
 
 
COVID Housing/Rent Relief Information

COVID Housing/Rent Relief Information
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HousingIsKey.com

HousingIsKey.com
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CA COVID‐19 Rent Relief Available to Income Eligible Households

Get ready California, rent relief is on the way. Income eligible households who need financial assistance for unpaid rent and utilities will be able to apply for help through the CA COVID‐19 Rent Relief program. If you have experienced a financial hardship due to COVID‐19, have past due rent or utilities, and have a household income that is not more than 80% of the area median income, you may be eligible to receive help to pay past due or future rent and utilities from the state of California. Landlords and renters can verify eligibility immediately by visiting HousingIsKey.com, or by calling 833‐430‐2122, and if eligible, apply.
 
Program Details

If you are a landlord and participate in the COVID‐19 Rent Relief program, you can get reimbursed for 80% of your eligible renters’ unpaid rent accrued between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021, if you agree to waive the remaining 20% of their unpaid rent from that same time. If you are an eligible renter, you can apply on your own and receive 25% of your unpaid rent that was accrued between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021, even if your landlord doesn’t participate. You can also receive financial assistance to pay future rent, equal to 25% of your monthly amount. This combined assistance can help you stay housed once California’s eviction protections expire on June 30, 2021. Additional financial assistance available through the CA COVID‐19 Rent Relief program includes help paying past due utility payments accrued from April 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021, as well as help paying future utility bills, both of which may be paid at 100% of cost but are limited to a total of 12 months.
 
To check eligibility, review the required application items and get prepared to apply starting Monday, March 15, visit HousingIsKey.com now. Required information, along with necessary verification items, will be required for applications to be processed. Once an application has been processed, both the landlord and renter will be notified about the application status and next steps.
 
Eligibility and Application Assistance
 
Registered Local Partner Network (LPN) organizations are currently available by appointment to answer
questions and to help determine eligibility. A list of partners and locations is available at
HousingIsKey.com, under community partners/resources, or by calling 833‐430‐2122.
Visit HousingIsKey.com for more information or click on the informational brochures below: