McKinney Vento Homeless Project -Return to Federal Programs-
• Role of the Liaisons and Facilitators
Student Service Workers and school facilitators (designated by the school’s principal) act as liaisons in the district to ensure identification of students through coordination with personnel and other agencies; ensure enrollment with full and equal opportunity to succeed in school; ensure parental/guardian or youth are informed of educational rights; assist unaccompanied youth with placement, enrollment, and knowing their rights; disseminate public notice of educational rights; inform and assist with accessing transportation, mediate enrollment disputes and provide coordination and collaboration.
• Provision of Services/Interventions
Services/interventions are provided by the Student Service Workers and school facilitators. After the identification of a homeless student, contact is initiated to address the immediate needs of the student. Depending on the need(s) of the student, the liaison will provide the necessary resources to address the factors that may affect educational progress.
Services include utilizing McKinney Vento Homeless funds to provide school-based activities, school supplies, clothing and other related items that address an educational need. Also, referrals to community-based resources are initiated to address other needs of the student / family that affect educational progress / achievement.
The McKinney Vento Project has a budget that is maintained by the bookkeeper in the Office of Federal Programs. The McKinney Vento Homeless liaison for the district maintains a listing of the identified homeless students. Information regarding the homeless population is submitted to the State Department’s Homeless Coordinator. Also, information pertaining to the homeless population is used to complete a yearly evaluation.
• Title X, Part C
This program provides funds to school districts to ensure that homeless children receive the same public education as other children and to ensure that homelessness does not cause these children to be left behind in their education.