Valley School District

Homeless Services

McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act

If your family lost permanent housing and now live in a temporary shelter, inadequate housing and/or lack a fixed, regular nighttime residence, your children might be able to receive help through a federal law called the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act.

Under this Act, children and unaccompanied youth in homeless situations have the right to:

  • receive a free, appropriate education and immediate enrollment in the school of choice (even if they are missing a permanent address, required records or documents)
  • receive free meals at school and transportation assistance
  • access the same academic program and school services for which he/she qualifies as available to non-homeless students

Assisting Children in Need

For assistance and more information about how you and the school can work together to provide the support your child needs to be successful, contact

Homeless Liaison
Natalee Reid
(509) 937-2696

Additional assistance and resources are available at:

Washington State Homeless Education
Melinda Dyer, Coordinator
(360) 725-6050
National Center for Homeless Education

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