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.
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
Phone: (541) 474-5715
Amber Mersino - School, Student and Family Contact
Phone: (541) 474-5715
Brandy Stromme - The Maslow Project - Family Advocate
Phone: (541) 474-5710 X10109
Cell: (541) 841-1974
Tony Mendenhall - Hearts With a Mission - Shelter Coordinator
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.