Students In Temporary Housing

As the Students in Temporary Housing Team of P.S 59 we intend to serve as the liaison and social worker for all students who identify as homeless, in temporary housing and/or in foster care, as well as answer any of your questions and concerns regarding your child’s needs during this time.

The Team works directly both with students and families as well as school staff, to help bridge the gap between home and school. As well as helping everyone connect to supports here in our school and the community around us.

As a parent of a Student in Temporary Housing (STH), you may be entitled to receive services under the McKinney-Vento Act, which is a federal law that supports students in temporary housing. Your updated housing information helps us determine if your child is eligible for services such as school choice, immediate enrollment, transportation, free meals, afterschool, and other helpful interventions. The information about your housing situation is kept private and is protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

We encourage all parents to get involved with our school community and partner with us in your child’s education. . If you have questions about your housing status or your child’s eligibility under the McKinney-Vento Act, please feel free to call, email or pass by our offices

Samantha Gonzalez

STH Community Coordinator


Phone: 718-584-4730 ext. 5084

Office: Room 508A


The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act outlines specific rights for students living in temporary housing. These rights include free public transportation, free school meals, and more. The guide below provides a brief overview of this information:

Click here for the English Version

Click here for the Spanish Version

Josephine Diaz 

Bridging The Gap Social Worker


Phone: 718-584-4730 ext. 3022

Office: Room 302A