MCKINNEY-VENTO ACT SERVICES
Students learn best when they have stability in their education. Should their housing become unstable, which happens to many, many students and families, their education can be disrupted and cause them to fall behind academically, interrupt their participation in school programs, and affect their health and emotional well-being. The McKinney-Vento Act protects students in times of housing instability by guaranteeing them the right to remain in their school of origin with supports to help them fully participate in all aspects of the educational program. If your housing situation meets any of the definitions below, please contact your school’s secretary, principal, or counselor; the district’s McKinney Vento Homeless Liaisons (listed below); or take this housing survey, and someone will contact you about helping your student and family.
- Liza Sejkora & Elly Rosaire
- (Located in Long Beach, at the OBSD District Office Building 500 Washington Ave. S.)
WHEN IS A CHILD OR YOUTH CONSIDERED HOMELESS?
The term “homeless children and youth” is broadly defined by the McKinney-Vento Act’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program, as an individual who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence and includes the following, but is not limited to:—
i. children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; or are abandoned in hospitals;
ii. children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings…;
iii. children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and
iv. migratory children…who qualify as homeless for the purposes of this subtitle because the children are living in circumstances described in clauses (i) through (iii).
Determinations of homelessness will be made on a case-by-case basis.
WHAT BENEFITS ARE AVAILABLE TO HELP STUDENTS EXPERIENCING HOUSING INSTABILITY?
Some of the most common supports provided to students experiencing housing instability are the following:
- Immediate access to enrollment - even if missing important documents
- Free breakfast and lunch
- Help obtaining vital documents such as immunizations, birth certificates, etc.
- Support in reducing barriers to full participation in school and school activities (help with fees, supplies, transportation, etc.)
Other supports may include:
- Education advocacy with school and academic issues
- Help with extra and co-curricular activities
- Help with partial credits as needed
- Help with college admissions and financial aid
- Support for getting medical, dental, vision, mental health, etc. care
Many other services may be provided as needed on an individual basis.
For more information:
If you have a dispute about the enrollment of your child who is experiencing housing instability, please follow the OSPI Dispute Resolution Process.
- Schoolhouse Connection
- OSPI Homeless Education
- Schoolhouse Washington
- National Center for Homeless Education
- National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth
- Food Research and Action Center
- Liza Sejkora & Elly Rosaire