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McKinney-Vento Act

McKinney-Vento Act – Homeless Education Program

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 Director of Federal Programs or open the District or State Department of Education or visit the following page on the Oregon State Department of Education site: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=113.

Homeless Assistance

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 was previously 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.

Every day as many as 1162 people are homeless in Washington County, according to the Oregon One-night Shelter Count. Community Action Network is a non-profit organization in Washington County that assists families with essential resources during times of crisis.


Housing & Homeless Services: 503.640.3263
- Sheltering families in times of crisis, promoting housing stability

Child Care Resource & Referral: 971.223.6100
 or 800.624.9516 
- Connecting families with child care providers in Washington & Columbia Counties

Early Head Start & Head Start: 503.693.3262
- Comprehensive programs serving children from infancy to age five

Energy Assistance: 503.615.0771 
- Helping families stay warm and safe

Emergency Rent Assistance: 503.615.0770
- Keeping families in their homes

FIND help Information & Referral:
- A comprehensive online database of community resources

Opening Doors: 503.517.3198
- Pregnancy and parenting support

Weatherization: 503.906.6550
- Helping families reduce energy costs through conservation services

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If you are experiencing housing difficulties, you may qualify for additional services. 

Contact Information:

Alma Hernandez

McKinney-Vento Liaison

503-844-1008 or x2507


Andres Herrejon Chavez

McKinney-Vento Liaison

503-844-1007 or x2505


If you are currently staying in a shelter, a motel, a vehicle, living with others because you can't afford or find housing, or if you are having housing instabilities (lack of heat, running water, etc.).  We may be able to help you:

Enroll in School:
Remain in your school of origin if you move to another area - for the remaining of the year with transportation services free or reduced school meals community referrals other services.


Washington County Homeless
Education Network (HEN):


Please ask for assistance in the school your child is attending.

For additional assistance:

Olga L. Acuña
Director - Federal Programs & 
Parent and Community Outreach


Cindy Herd
Administrative Assistant 


Alma Hernandez

McKinney-Vento Liaison

503-844-1008 or x2507


Andres Herrejon Chavez

McKinney-Vento Liaison

503-844-1007 or x2505


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