Community Resources for the Homeless
 
Food:
Rainier Food Bank
360-446-1040
WIC (Women, Infants, Children)
360-438-1100
Food Assistance
877-501-2233
 
Health/Medical
Medical Assistance for Children
877-501-2233
Sea Mar Community Health Center
Dental: 360-570-8016
Medical: 360-704-2900
 
Housing:
Safe Shelter
800-698-1825
Safeplace
360-754-6300
 
Hotlines:
Crisis Line
360-586-2800
Emergency Shelter Network:
360-528-8999
Haven House:
360-754-1151
Homeless Family Services
360-628-7343
Child Protective Services 
360-725-6700
McKinney– Vento Homeless Assistance Act
 
If your family lives in any one of the following situations:
 
  • On the street 
  • In a shelter, motel, or campground
  • In an abandoned building, trailer or any inadequate accommodation
  • Doubled up, living with others becauseyou can’t find affordable housing
Your preschool and school aged children have certain rights and protections
under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act—those rights are:
 
  • to go to school, no matter where they live or how long they have lived there
  • to stay in their original or last school even though they move to another
    district
  • to get transportation to their original school
  • to enroll immediately in a new school
  • to receive automatically free breakfast and lunch at school
  • to receive Title 1 services
  • to receive all the educational and supplemental services that all other
    children are provided
 
 The McKinney-Vento Homeless
Education Assistance Act states:
 
Homeless children and youth must have access
to the education and other services that such
children and youth need to ensure that children
and youth have an opportunity to meet the same
challenging state student academic achievement
standards to which all students are held. Homeless
students have the right to enroll in their
neighborhood school without records, i.e. birth
certificates, transcripts, immunization, academic
and/or evaluations for special education.
Under McKinney-Vento, homeless students
must be given the same access to education as
other students and cannot be separated from other
students.
 Local Liaison for Homeless Education:
 
Paulette Johnson: 360-446-4020
johnsonp@rainier.wednet.edu

State Liaison for Homeless Education:
 
Melinda Dyer: 360-725-6050
School’s Responsibility
 
  • Help students to enroll in school if needed
  • Help students obtain meals and snacks at school
  • Help to ensure that homeless students have access to all of the
     programs and services offered at school
  • Help to obtain educational and immunization records
  • Help students and families to obtain health insurance, primary care, and immunizations
    if needed
  • Help identify homeless students, including children in ECAEP and Head Start
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parents’ Responsibility
 
  • Make sure your child attends school regularly and completes homework and projects on
    time
  • Attend Parent/Teacher conferences and other school related activities
  • Stay informed of school rules, regulations and consequences when students break rules
  • Participate in school decision making activities such as IEP’s, 504 plans, etc. for
    your child
     
     
     
     
     
    Homeless students have the right to remain in their school or origin for the duration of the school year; even if they move outside of the district.
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Definition of Homelessness:
 
Children and youth who lack a regular adequate and fixed nighttime residence including: children who share housing with other persons due to loss of housing or economic hardship; children living in emergency or transitional shelters; children living in motels, campgrounds, trailer parks, etc. as well as unaccompanied youth.
 
 
 
Some statistics regarding homelessness:
 
  • Over 3 million men, women, and children become homeless each year. The demand
    for shelters has increased annually by 14%.
  • Reported barriers by school districts that may inhibit the education of homeless
    children are domestic violence, lack of adequate housing and transportation, and lack of adequate family support systems.
  • In the 2009-2010 school year, 21,826 students were identified as homeless in Washington state.