Homeless | Migrant | Foster
In transition? Unstable housing situation? Let us connect you with the support to keep your education on track. Hardships happen, and the
McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act, a federal law, ensures immediate enrollment and educational stability for homeless children and youth. 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.
Live in a shelter, motel or campground?
Live doubled-up with other people or couch-surfing?
Live in a car, park or abandoned building?
Get covered in three simple steps
TALK to your school counselor. Your school counselor will complete an intake form which will identify your student's needs and any community resources available to you
COMPLETE the Housing Questionnaire
CONTACT the McKinney-Vento Office for any additional resource assistance
Under the McKinney-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 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
The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children as "individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence." The act provides examples of children who fall under this definition as:
Children and youth sharing housing due to loss of housing, economic hardship or similar reason
Children and youth living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camp grounds due to lack of alternative accommodations
Children and youth living in emergency or transitional shelters
Children and youth abandoned in hospitals
Children and youth whose primary nighttime residence is not ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodations (e.g. park benches, etc.)
Children and youth living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations
Migratory children and youth living in any of the above situations.
Resources for students and families
Polk CDC - Support finding affordable rentals in Polk County, located in Dallas
Family Promise - temporary shelter in Salem
Can help provide contact information for permanent housing
Saint Francis - temporary shelter for families with young children in Salem
Yamhill County Gospel Rescue - temporary shelter in McMinnville
Polk County Family and Community Outreach (FCO)
Mid Valley Parenting
(503) 623-9664 ext. 2368
Polk County DD Services
Frequently Asked Questions on the Educational Rights of Children and Youth in Homeless Situations
From Washington's Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
Student Rights for Homeless Children and Youth Programs
From the US Department of Education
U.S. Department of Education, Education of Homeless Children and Youth Programs
Federal management of the McKinney-Vento Act’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program, through the Office of Safe and Healthy Students.
National Center for Homeless Education
Under federal contract, NCHE provides technical assistance, webinars, topical briefs, and toolkits for school district Homeless Liaisons and State Coordinators.
is a national organization providing strategic advocacy and technical assistance for McKinney-Vento Education programs in partnership with early childhood programs, public schools, higher education, service providers, families and youth.
National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
The mission of NLCHP is to prevent and end homelessness by serving as the legal arm of the nationwide movement to end homelessness.
National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth
membership organization for McKinney-Vento program staffs sponsoring annual national conference.