Families Overcoming Rough Times Program (F.O.R.T.)

4200 Wainwright Avenue  |  Lansing, MI 48911

Phone: (517) 755-2813  Fax: (517) 755-2809

Is your family in a temporary or inadequate living situation due to a loss of housing? If so, the F.O.R.T. Program may be able to assist your student.

The Families Overcoming Rough Times (F.O.R.T.) Program is a new program that assists Lansing School District students who are living in temporary or inadequate living situations.

The F.O.R.T. Program assists qualified students with:

  • transportation to and from school from wherever the student is living
  • access to the free meals programs at the school
  • uniforms and clothing necessary for the child to attend and participate in school
  • school supplies to the student
  • cap and gown so they may participate in graduation commencement
  • enrolling students within 24 hours even when the student does not have birth certificate and other vital record
  • & many other needs that the student may need so that they may fully participate and achieve at school.

If you or someone you know has children who attend school with the Lansing School District and are having a really rough time maintaining a permanent and adequate residence due to

  • foreclosure
  • eviction
  • housing code violation red tags
  • guardianship or suitable home placement
  • house fire
  • natural disasters
  • any other situation beyond their control

and are living with another family, shelter, motel, car, campground, or other place not meant for a person to live in permanently within the last 6 months please contact Rose Taphouse, Lansing School District Homeless Coordinator, at 517-755-2813 or contact the child's school to see if they qualify for the F.O.R.T. Program.

Rose Taphouse

Homeless Program Coordinator

(517) 755-2816



Pamela Davis

Homeless Program Assistant

(517) 755-2815



This affidavit is intended to address requirements of the McKinney-Vento Act and Every Student Succeeds Act. The questions on the form are to assist in determining if the student qualifies as a temporary displaced student and to determine eligibility to receive services from the Families Overcoming Rough Times Program.

PDF DocumentF.O.R.T. Residency Affidavit Form
11,500 Enrollment by 2025
85% Graduation Rate by 2025
90% Attendance by 2025