Federal Programs
McKinney-Vento & Homelessness
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Contact


Amberly Walker

awalker@esc12.net

(254) 297-1251

 

Dwan Pickens

dpickens@esc12.net

(254) 297-1283

Students Experiencing Homelessness

 

The McKinney-Vento Act provides rights and services to children and youth experiencing homelessness, which includes those who are:

  • sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason
  • staying in motels, trailer parks, or camp grounds due to the lack of an adequate alternative
  • staying in shelters or transitional housing; or sleeping in cars, parks, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, or similar settings.

 

  • Identification of children and youth experiencing homelessness

    Every year, LEAs must capture living arrangements of every student enrolled.  This is typically  done through a Student Residency Questionnaire (SRQ) sent at the beginning of the school year or when a student enrolls.

     

  • Students Experiencing Homelessness Have Rights and Services Including:

     

    • Enrollment- the right to immediate enrollment even if documents normally required are not available
    • School of Origin- the right to attend the school where the child or youth was permanently housed or the last school enrolled
    • Transportation- the right to receive transportation to and from their school of origin, including all feeder schools to the school of origin
    • Educational Stability- the right to have full and equal educational opportunity to meet the academic and state achievement requirements as their non-homeless peers
    • Educational Services- the right to receive educational services for which the student is eligible including Head Start and preschool programs
    • Parent Engagement- the right for parents to be informed of educational opportunities and participate through meaningful engagement in the education of their child or youth
  • Each LEA must designate an appropriate staff member as their local homeless education liaison.  The liaison assists with the identification, enrollment, and educational services for which students experiencing homelessness are eligible. 

     

    Find your local liaison here >