• 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. The Oregon state public school admission statute assuring the right of homeless and other children and youth in similar circumstances to enroll in schools is ORS 399.115(7).

    Even in the best of times, many families struggle with their housing situation. Under the Federal McKinney-Vento Act, the school district works diligently to help students and families with their situation. Our Homeless advocates can connect families to a variety of local resources. Beyond a safe and secure living condition, our top priority is to help keep students in their home school, also known as a school of origin. The school district can even help with transportation so a student's education is not interrupted.

    Local Partners

    The Grants Pass School District is pleased to partner with The Maslow Project. Originally founded in Jackson County, The Maslow Project has expanded their support and services to serve homeless families in Josephine County. 

    Hearts With a Mission serves homeless, runaway, and transitional youth ages 10 through 17 who are in crisis, by providing shelter, educational support, mentoring, family reunification and transition planning with a faith-based approach. For more information, please visit  www.heartswithamission.org

    If you know a student who is experiencing a homeless living situation, even for a short period of time, please contact us right away. 


    Contact Information for Homeless Services:

    Todd Bloomquist - Director of School Improvement

    Email: tbloomquist@grantspass.k12.or.us

    Phone: (541) 474-5715

    Amber Mersino - School, Student and Family Contact

    Email: amersino@grantspass.k12.or.us

    Phone: (541) 474-5715

    Karlee Albertson - The Maslow Project - Family Advocate

    Email: kalbertson@grantspass.k12.or.us

    Phone: (541) 474-5710 X10109

    Tony Mendenhall - Hearts With a Mission - Shelter Coordinator

    Email: tony@heartswithamission.org

    Phone: (541) 956-4190

     

    For More Information

    Click here for more information on the McKinney-Vento Act and homelessness from the Department of Education.

    Click here to go the Oregon Department of Education's Homeless Education Program website.