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McKinney-Vento Program

Students in Temporary Housing 
McKinney-Vento Act - Homeless Education Program


If you live in any of the following situations, you may qualify for certain rights or protections under the McKinney-Vento Assistance Act.

  • shelter or transitional housing
  • motel or hotel
  • sleeping in a vehicle, tent, RV, public space, campground, etc.
  • accommodations that don't have plumbing, heating or electricity
  • living with many people
  • staying with friends or family due to economic circumstances, eviction, foreclosure, etc. 
  • migratory students meeting the descriptions above

Eligible students have the right to:

  • stay in the school they were attending when they lost housing, or enroll in their neighborhood school
  • enroll in school immediately, even if they don't have their documentation or immunizations
  • access the same programs, services and appropriate supports as all students
  • receive free school meals
McKinney-Vento Liaisons work with students and families to ensure student's educational needs are met.
They help students and families in the following ways:
  • help students register for and enroll in school
  • set up transportation for students to and from school
  • provide advocacy and outreach services
  • make referrals to local service providers
  • coordinate between service providers
  • help navigate systems
  • help students with basic needs -- or refer to agencies that help 
If you think you might be eligible, reach out to Tessa Hart, South Lane's McKinney-Vento Liaison, to find out what services or support might be available. 

Want to know more?

  • Visit the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children & Youth at
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Would you like to help meet the needs of South Lane School District students experiencing homelessness? 
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Questions? Contact Tessa Hart.
Meet the new McKinney-Vento Liaison, Tessa Hart!
Tessa helps ensure all students have access to the same educational opportunities, regardless of their living situation.
Contact Tessa:
541-735-5702 (call/text)
Refer a student: