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Homeless Student Assistance

​​​(McKinney-Vento Act/HEART)

In transition? Unstable housing situation?
Let us connect you with the support to keep your education on track. 

Hardships happen, and the M​cKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act, a federal law, ensures immediate enrollment and educational stability for homeless children and youth. Learn more about Defining Homelessness. Our district-appointed liaisons are here to facilitate, locate and assist our families and students who find themselves needing support during these difficult moments to continue receiving the highest standards of education.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ 

Do You...

  • ​Live in a shelter, motel or campground
  • Live doubled-up with other people or couch-surfing
  • Live in a car, park or abandoned building

Under the McKin​ney-Vento Act you have a right to an education without barriers, which means you can:

  • Receive a free public education
  • Enroll in school immediately, even if you lack documents normally required for enrollment
  • Attend classes while the school gathers your missing documents
  • Enroll in the school closest to you or the school you were last enrolled in (school of origin), even if you have been forced to relocate
  • Receive transportation to and from your school of origin
  • Receive all the same educational services other students receive, even if you can't pay
  • Participate in before and after school programs
  • Receive counseling
  • Receive free breakfast and lunch
  • Participate in special education, bilingual vocational and gifted programs as qualified
  • Receive school supplies
  • Receive extra academic support through Title I funding
  • Receive evaluation for any disabilities
 
 
 

Get covered in 3 simple step​s:

  1. TALK to your school counselor
  2. COMPLETE the housing questionnaire with your school counselor
  3. CONTACT the HEART Liaison for any additional resource assistance 

Tania Johnson
McKinney Vento & Foster Care Liaison 
Support to all district homeless and foster students and their families
(509) 340-7267
tania.johnson@wvsd.org