Learning Support Services

Youth In Transition (YIT)

Mercedes Hubschmitt, Homeless Liaison, Director, Learning Support Services

Laura Upson, Youth in Transition Coordinator
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(858) 748-0010 x 4086
(858) 748-0010 x 2039
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Youth in Transition Program

The Youth in Transition program serves families experiencing housing instability and homelessness by seeking to remove barriers to enrollment, attendance, transportation, and academic success. Families who live in any of the following situations may qualify for services:

  • Emergency or transitional shelter
  • Hotel or motel (i.e. no fixed/regular nighttime residence due to economic hardship)
  • Unsheltered (i.e. a car, park, public space, abandoned building, campground, bus or train station, substandard housing, or similar setting which may include lack of water or electricity; health or safety risks
  • Temporarily with another person or relatives due to economic hardship or loss of housing (i.e. eviction, inability to pay the rent, destruction of home, illness, loss of employment, etc.)

If a family meets the above criteria, or you are an unaccompanied youth:

  1. Complete the Housing Questionnaire (available in English / Spanish).
  2. Email your completed form to Laura Upson, YIT Coordinator, at lupson@powayusd.com. For help in completing or returning the form, call the YIT office at 1 (858) 748-0010 x 4086.
  3. (Optional) If you are new to PUSD and have missing enrollment documentation, please contact Laura Upson, YIT Coordinator, at lupson@powayusd.com or call the YIT office at 1 (858) 748-0010 x 4086.

Once YIT has received the completed necessary form(s), PUSD staff will reach out with program information. Note: the Housing Quesitonnaire is valid only for the current school year. BY LAW, families must complete a new form each school year.

For more information about PUSD's Youth in Transition program, download the Youth in Transition brochure (also available in Spanish) and Information for Parents and Youth-Bilingual (reference only).

School-Aged children have certain rights or protections under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act.  Those rights are:

  • Go to school, no matter where they live or how long they have lived there.  Must be given access to the same public education provided to other children.

  • Continue in the school attended before becoming homeless or the school last attended, if that is the choice and is feasible.  If a school sends a child to a school other than the one requested, the school must provide a written explanation and offer the right to appeal the decision.
  • Receive transportation assistance to the school attended before the family became homeless, if feasible, and a parent/guardian requests such assistance.
  • Attend a school and participate in school programs with children who are not homeless.  (Children cannot be separated from the regular school program because they are homeless.)
  • Enroll and attend classes while the school arranges for the transfer of school and immunization records or any other documents required for enrollment.
  • Enroll and attend classes while the school and family seek to resolve a dispute over enrolling the children.
  • Receive the same special programs and services, if needed, as provided to all other children served in these programs.

If further assistance is needed, call the numbers listed below:



The Poway Unified School District (PUSD) is an equal opportunity employer/program and is committed to an active Nondiscrimination Program. PUSD prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, immigration status, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. For more information, please contact: Title IX/Equity Compliance Officer, James Jimenez, Associate Superintendent of Personnel Support Services, Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128, 1-858-521-2800, extension 2121, jjimenez@powayusd.com. For students, you may contact Title IX Coordinator/ 504 Coordinator Jamie Dayhoff, Director of Attendance and Discipline, Poway Unified School District, 1-858-521-2840, jdayhoff@powayusd.com

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