The McKinney-Vento Act’s Education of Homeless Children and Youth Program, ensures that homeless children and youth are provided a free, appropriate public education, despite lack of a fixed place of residence or a supervising parent or guardian.
Every school district in Oregon has at least one designated Homeless Student Liaison to provide direct assistance to homeless families and unaccompanied youths to access and achieve in school.
For additional information please contact the Central Point School District Homeless Student Liaison, Lynn Scott (firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-494-6207) , or visit the following page on the Oregon State Department of Education site: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=113.
In an effort to strengthen education support for students who find themselves and their families in temporary homeless circumstances, the U.S. Federal Government passed the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11431). The program is now referenced as “Title X.”
The term “homeless children and youth” means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This includes students living in:
- Double-up housing with other families or friends due to economic hardship.
- Runaway/homeless youth shelters (even if parents invite the youth home).
- Hotels or motels.
- Shelters, including domestic violence shelters.
- Cars, abandoned buildings, parks, the streets or other public spaces.
- Campgrounds or inadequate trailer homes.
Students in homeless situations have the right to:
- Get help enrolling and succeeding in school from the district’s liaison for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth or from a designated building contact.
- Stay in the school they went to before becoming homeless or whatever school they were enrolled in last (called “school or origin), even if they move out of the district, or they can choose to go to the local school in the area where they are living.
- Get transportation to their school of origin provided or arranged by the school district, or a joint effort among school districts.
- Get preschool services, apply for free school meals, and access to all educational services they are entitled to per state and federal regulations.
If you currently find yourself in any of the situations described above, you or your children are entitled to assistance so that their schooling can continue during this challenging time. You can complete the McKinney Vento student residency (or McKinney Vento student residency Spanish) or pick up one at any of our school offices. Please turn this form into your child’s school office or our district office.
Jackson County Homeless Shelter and Social Services:
– List of available shelters and social services in Jackson County
Child Care Resource Network: (541) 842-2575 or (800) 866-9034
– Connecting families with child care providers in Washington & Columbia Counties
Early Head Start & Head Start: (541)734-2279
– Comprehensive programs serving children from infancy to age five
ACCESS Energy Assistance: 541-779-6691
– Helping families stay warm and safe
Emergency Rent Assistance: 541-779-6691
– Keeping families in their homes
Maslow Project: 541-779-HELP
– Maslow Project is a nonprofit grassroots organization based in Medford, Oregon providing street outreach and basic needs, crisis intervention and advocacy, and essential support services to homeless children and youth–ages 0-21–and their families throughout Jackson County.
**Homeless Community-Resource-Guide with additional community resources available in the Medford area
Hearts with a Mission: 541-646-7385
– Hearts With A Mission serves homeless and at-risk youth by providing shelter, educational support, mentoring and transition planning with a faith-based approach.
– Helping families reduce energy costs through conservation services
Rogue Valley Commuter Line: 541-474-5452, ext 2
-There is now service between Grants Pass and Medford (with stops in Rogue River and Gold Hill upon request). The service will be available Monday through Friday only.