Hope is a bridge to the future.

Help us create hope through learning.

HCEF’s Executive Director, Carlos T. Carter, has resigned his position with Homeless Children’s Education Fund (HCEF) effective November 3rd, 2021. Kaitlyn Nykwest, our Education Director, will serve as the Interim Executive Director during our search. Read more here.

Help us reach our $50,000 goal!

We are thrilled to support the building of a covered shelter surrounded by landscaping at Sojourner House. This will allow us to safely reach more families and students. The space will be used for family fun, outdoor learning, gardening, and play.

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COVID-19 Update:

Our programs are continuing to reach students in new and creative ways, responding to emergencies, and conducting virtual meetings for educational programs and one to one coaching sessions as needed. You may reach HCEF staff by email or phone. Please find the complete list here. If you have a general question, please send an email to info@homelessfund.org, and we will make sure the appropriate team member gets back to you.

Thank you!

Watch our introductory video learn more about how we create hope through learning.


The mission of the Homeless Children’s Education Fund (HCEF) is to advance the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness in Southwestern PA, guiding them to be productive, empowered citizens.



Are you experiencing homelessness or working with someone who is? Check out our resources page.



Read what our partners and participants have to say!

Mini-Grant Field Trip

My kids enjoyed this so much, thank you! I would never have been able to take them to a place like this.

Emergency Education Fund

Thank you so much! On such a grey day for me today this brought tears to my eyes and filled my day with a rainbow. I truly appreciate it.

Parent Engagement Workshop

I was able to participate in the group in conversation, and what I thought and felt mattered.