Centralia School District 401

Achieving Excellence

  • Homeless Program (McKinney-Vento)

    The McKinney-Vento Act is federal legislation that has been in effect since 1987 to support children and youth experiencing homelessness. The McKinney-Vento Act defines ‘homeless children and youth’ as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. The intent of the McKinney-Vento Act is to ensure homeless children and youth enroll and succeed in school.

    Students living in any of the following situations may be entitled to additional support:

    • In a shelter, motel, vehicle, or campground
    • On the street in an abandoned building, trailer, or other inadequate accommodations (lack of heat, water, etc.)
    • Doubled up with friends or relatives because housing cannot be afforded or found

    Students living in homeless situations have a right to:

    • Get help with enrolling in school from the district liaison or other school contact to continue academic success
    • Continue in the school they attended (referred to as the school of origin) before they became homeless or the school they last attended, if that is the parent’s choice and is feasible
    • Get transportation to and from the school of origin
    • Receive free school meals
    • Receive additional services such as ELL, Special Education, Title 1, preschool, Quest (gifted), career/technical education
    Contacts:
     
    Amy Hendrickson
    Counselor for Homeless Program
    360-330-7631
     
    Pat Soderquist
    Homeless Assistant
    360-330-7631
     
    Andy Justice
    Principal/Homeless Liaison
    360-330-7631 
     
    Dr. Shelley Habenicht
    Director of Special Programs
     
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