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Homeless Education

McKinney-Vento Homeless Program


    Mary Ellen Winterhalter MaryEllen.Winterhalter@orecity.k12.or.us    503.785.7892

The Oregon School District Homeless Liasion works with school staff and local agencies to identify students who may qualify for homeless status (according to the McKinney-Vento Act) and, once identified, work to remove barriers these students may have in accessing their education.


Who Qualifies:

Anyone lacking a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime resident including:

  • Doubled up, sharing housing due to loss of housing or economic hardship
  • In a motel, trailer park or camp ground
  • In an emergency shelter or transitional housing
  • Living in cars, parks, public spaces
  • Not in the custody of a parent or guardian
  • Migratory student 


  • Go to school, no matter where they live or how long they have lived there
  • Continue in the school that they last attended before becoming homeless
  • Receive transportation to the school they last attended
  • Enroll in school without giving a permanent address
  • Enroll & attend classes while the school arrange for the transfer of immunization records or any other documents required for enrollment

**  These rights are established under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Acy, Title X, Part C of the No Child Left Behind Act

Service to homeless students include:

  • Enrollment assistance
  • Transportation to/from school, if feasible
  • Receive free or reduced meals
  • Community resource referrals