The McKinney-Vento Act states that homeless children and youth must have access to the same educational services provided to other students. Children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence are considered to be homeless. In determining whether or not a child or youth is homeless, the LEA should consider the living arrangements. Determinations of homelessness should be made on a case-by-case basis. Always remember what is in the best interest of the child when making decisions. - NCHE, 2007

External LinkClick HERE for a Parent Resource Page (opens in a new window)


Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty, December 13, 2016

Powerpoint Document Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty PPT (opens PowerPoint)

PDF Document Poverty Art Activity (opens Acrobat document)

Homeless 2 Hopeful School Campaign November 12-20, 2016

PDF Document Toolkit for Schools (opens in a document)

Video Document Barnabas Videos (opens in a new window or tab)

External Link Secure donation page to Barnabas House (opens in new window)

Use the Hashtag:  #homeless2hopeful 

Every Student Succeeds Act

PDF Document Summary of the Major Amendments on Homelessness and Foster Care (opens Acrobat document)

PDF Document Non-Regulatory Guidance:  Ensuring Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care (opens Acrobat document)

PDF Document Michigan Department of Education (MDE) Foster Care Provisions Memorandum (opens Acrobat document)

PDF Document Transportation Procedures for Students in Foster Care (AASA, NAEHCY) (opens Acrobat document)

External Link Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Training and Professional Development Resource Link (opens in a new window)

Other Resources

External Link OAISD Homeless Resources Brochure (opens in a new window)

External Link Michigan Department of Education/Homeless (opens in a new window)

External Link National Center for Homeless Education (opens in a new window)

External Link National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Yout (opens in new window)

External Link Michigan Coalition Against  Homelessness (opens in a new window or tab)

PDF Document School District Homeless Education Liaisons 2018-19 (opens in new window)




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Contact Information:

Ottawa Area Intermediate School District
Stacey Sills, McKinney-Vento Grant Coordinator
13565 Port Sheldon Street
Holland, MI 49424
616-738-8940 ext. 4111
Email address: ssills@oaisd.org 

Michigan Department of Education
Pam Kies-Lowe, Homeless Education Consultant and State Coordinator for Homeless Education
Michigan Department of Education
Office of Educational Supports
Email address: kies-lowep@michigan.gov

Help for Homeless Students Photo