Homeless Assistance / McKinney-Vento Act

  • Contact:
    Brenda McAferty, Homeless Liaison, 360-412-4902 (Office)
    Lakecia Head, Student Navigator, 360-529-9625 (serving RRHS)
    Gina Goddard, Student Navigator, 360-412-4860 ext. 43806 (serving THS)
    Lorin Griffitts, Student Navigator, 360-515-1920 (serving NTHS on Mon, Tue, Fri)
    Amanda Yonker, Student Navigator, 360-515-1920 (serving NTHS on Wed, Thu)
    Teresa Moran, FYR Center & Elementary Navigator, 360-412-4902 ext. 35110 or 360-561-2095
    National Center for Homeless Education's Brochure for Parents: English (PDF) | Spanish (PDF)

    Does Your Child Qualify for Services?

    A student is considered "homeless" if they are presently living:
    • In a motel/hotel, camping ground, or similar situation due to lack of alternative, adequate housing
    • In a shelter
    • Sharing housing with relatives or others due to lack of housing
    • At a train or bus station, park, or in a car
    • In an abandoned building
    • Not living with a parent or guardian

    All Homeless Students Have Rights To:

    • Immediate school enrollment - even if they lack health, immunization or school records, proof or guardianship, or proof or residency.
    • Enroll in the school he or she attended when permanently housed; or, attend the school where he or she was last enrolled; or, enroll in the school district where he or she is currently living.
    • Remain enrolled in his/her selected school for as long as he/she remains homeless, or if the student becomes permanently housed, until the end of the academic year.
    • Priority in certain preschool programs. Parents or guardians are encouraged to seek enrollment in these programs.
    • Receive free meals at school.
    • Participate in tutoring and school-related activities.
    • Obtain information regarding free services including clothing and medical.
    • Transportation Services: A homeless student attending his/her school of origin has a right to transportation to go to and from the school of origin as long as he/she is homeless or, if the student becomes permanently housed, until the end of the academic school year.

    Community Resources

    Community Youth Services (360) 943-0780 Ext. 170
    Family Support Center (360) 754-9297
    Olympia Union Gospel Mission - Dental Clinic (360) 943-6400
    SafePlace 24 Hours (360) 754-6300
    Salvation Army (360) 352-8596
    Thurston County Coordinated Entry Shelter & Housing Hotline (844) 628-7343
    Thurston County Food Bank - Corner of Thurston & Franklin - M/W/F 1-3 pm (360) 352-8597 
    For additional resources please contact the Crisis Clinic of Thurston and Mason Counties at 360-586-2800.

    McKinney-Vento Act

    The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act is Title X, Part C of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. This legislation ensures that children and youth experiencing homelessness have full and equal access to an appropriate public education and that they experience success in school. http://www.k12.wa.us/HomelessEd/Posters.aspx

Our Team

  • The Homeless Youth and Family Outreach Team

    Front L to R: Lakecia Head, Teresa Moran, Amanda Yonker
    Back L to R: Gina Goddard, Lorin Griffits, Brenda McAferty

HOPE Community Donations

  • NTPS keeps a HOPE account with community donations that can be accessed for a variety of student's needs such as clothing, school supplies, hygiene supplies, etc. Families can contact their school counselor or the McKinney-Vento office for additional information.

    This account is solely supported by community donations. If you are interested in making a cash donation, please contact Financial Services (360) 412-4437.

Other Donations

  • The McKinney Vento office, located in the Raj Manhas Activity & Family & Youth Resource Center, 200 Sleater Kinney Rd NE, Lacey has a satellite clothing & hygiene bank, as well as school supplies for families in need. Please use the south entrance facing Martin Way and park in the large parking lot. If your child attends North Thurston Public Schools and are in need, we are able to assist. Please contact the McKinney Vento office at (360) 412-4902.

    Visit our Family and Youth Resource Center page for more information on how to donate or access resources: here