Homeless Assistance / McKinney-Vento Act
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 a 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
If your student meets any of the criteria above, please contact the NTPS Families & Youth Resource Center, or reach out to the Homeless Liaison or Navigators.
Brenda McAferty NTPS Homeless Liaison 360-412-4902
Gina Goddard Student Navigator
360-412-4860 ext. 43806
Lorin Griffitts Student Navigator
Serving North Thurston
Amanda Yonker Student Navigator
Serving River Ridge
Teresa Moran FYR Center &
360-412-4902 ext. 35110
See the Homeless & Foster Care staff contacts for each NTPS school >>
OSPI McKinney Vento Program, 360-725-6505
National Center for Homeless Education's Brochure for Parents: English (PDF) | Spanish (PDF)
All Homeless Students Have the Right To:
- Immediate school enrollment - even if they lack health, immunization, or school records, proof of guardianship, or proof of residency.
- Enroll at the school he or she attended when permanently housed, 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 their 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 services.
- Transportation Services: A homeless student attending their 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 Youth Services 360-943-0780 Ext. 170
- Family Support Center 360-754-9297
- Olympia Union Gospel Mission - Dental Clinic 360-943-6400
- Sacred Heart Emergency Services 360-923-0929
- 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.
- See the NTPS Community Resources page >>
McKinney-Vento ActThe 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 appropriate public education and that they experience success in school. http://www.k12.wa.us/HomelessEd/Posters.aspx
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 is in need, we can 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.
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.