• Washington State Requirements and Guidance for Education of Homeless Children and Youth 
     
    The McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth Assistance Act is a federal law that ensures immediate enrollment and educational stability for homeless children and youth. McKinney-Vento provides federal funding to states for the purpose of supporting district programs that serve homeless students.
     
     
    Defining Homeless 
    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 would fall under this definition:
    • Children and youth sharing housing due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a 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 accommodation (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
    If you have a student/child who may qualify for our Program's assistance and services or would like additional information, please contact our Homeless Education Liaison: 
     
    Maribel Mendoza
    509.854.1003
    mendozam@gsd.wednet.edu