Homelessness/Unstable Housing

  • What is it?
    The McKinney-Vento Homeless Act provides services to students who are experiencing homelessness. The purpose of McKinney-Vento is to provide homeless students school stability, school access, and support for academic success.

    Who is it for?
    Students eligible for McKinney-Vento services lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This includes students who are:

    • sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing, economic hardship or similar reasons
    • students who are living in hotels, motels, trailer parks or campgrounds due to lack of adequate alternative accommodations
    • living in emergency or transitional shelters
    • abandoned in hospitals
    • awaiting foster care placement
    • living in a public or private place not designed for humans to live
    • living in cars, parks, abandoned buildings, bus or train stations, etc.
    • migratory children living in the above circumstances

    How Yelm Supports its Homeless Youth

    • Our school’s counselors complete the McKinney Vento Intake Process to best support our homeless youth. School counselors help navigate situations and provide the needed support for students.
    • Our district frequently reviews and revises policies to break down barriers students and families may face. 
    • With community and district support, resources such as food, hygiene kits, shoes, clothing, and other necessities are provided for students. 
    • Transportation services are provided when needed.

    Who do I contact for more information?
    Contact your school counselor or the district homeless liaison at 360.458.6124 if you have or are a student who is currently homeless.  Please complete the Housing Questionnaire (English) (Spanish) and submit to your school.

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