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Homeless Assistance / Families in Transition

Program Summary

Walla Walla School District's Families in Transition/Homeless Education Program is in place to address and support the educational needs of students who find themselves in temporary or transitional housing during the school year. Our Program works closely with local shelter and housing providers, local community agencies and resources, and the City of Walla Walla, County of Walla Walla and Washington state's Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. We work together to ensure educational stability for students in short-term/temporary and transitional/homeless housing situations so they feel supported and encouraged while they secure permanent housing.

Eligibility / Contact Information

Who is considered eligible for the Homeless Education Program's (McKinney-Vento) assistance and services?

Any child or youth, including migrant and unaccompanied youth, who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence is considered homeless and McKinney-Vento eligible for assistance and services. This includes children and youth who are temporarily sharing housing with others due to loss of housing or economic hardship, those who are living in hotels, camping grounds, emergency shelters, cars, bus or train stations, or other similar settings, transitional housing programs, and those awaiting foster care or are in temporary placements.

If you have a student/child who may qualify for our Program's assistance and services or would like more information, please contact our Homeless Education Liaison:

Kerri Coffman

McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act was authorized by Congress, December 2001, as part of the No Child Left Behind Legislation. The purpose of the McKinney-Vento Act is to remove barriers to education for homeless/transitional students and provide educational support and stability.

Education Rights of Children and Youth Who Qualify for Services & Assistance

Our schools provide equal and comparable access to all students regardless of their home living situation. McKinney-Vento eligible children and youth have specific rights that include:

  1. Maintain attendance at the school of origin-current school for the remainder of the current school year (if this is in the child’s best interest and feasible) or enroll in the neighborhood school where currently residing.
  2. Transportation assistance if needed.
  3. Eligible for FREE food services
  4. Appropriate support services and programs for which they are eligible such programs as gifted, children with disabilities, vocational education, preschool
  5. Assistance obtaining needed records and documentation
  6. Academic assistance through the district's federally funded Title I program
  7. Parent or guardian involvement in school activities

The Homeless Education Program also works closely with neighboring school districts including College Place, Milton-Freewater, Dayton, Waitsburg, etc., in an effort to create a region-wide educational network to support students and their families in short-term/temporary and transitional/homeless housing situations.

Student Homeless Information

Homeless Education Information for Unaccompanied Youth/Students

Parents Homeless Information

Staff and Community Homeless Information

McKinney-Vento Information

Unaccompanied Youth

Young Children

Migrant Students

WALLA WALLA PUBLIC SCHOOLS • 364 South Park St. • Walla Walla, WA 99362 • Phone: 509-527-3000 • Fax: 509.529.7713

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