Homeless Education

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

Every Student Succeeds Act

Summary of Major Amendments on Homelessness and Foster Care

Other Resources

Covid-19 and Homelessness:  Strategies for Schools, Early Learning Programs, and Higher Education Institutes.  As COVID-19 disrupts education, services and life across the country, children and youth experiencing homelessness are exceptionally vulnerable. This page offers resources to help meet their needs as we respond to this global crisis.

Michigan Department of Education Homeless Webpage

National Center for Homeless Education

National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth

SchoolHouse Connection Resources

2020-21 School District McKinney-Vento (Homeless) Education Liaisons

2020-21 School District Foster Care Education Liaisons

PDF DocumentOttawa County Housing Information Packet

Double Up Food Bucks Flyer - English and Spanish Version

Need more information?  Navigate to the Homeless Education LiveBinder to access local, state, and national resources, district forms, college resources, human trafficking resources, etc.  

Foster Care

Parent Information

Contact Information:
Ottawa Area Intermediate School District
Tracy Hernandez, Attendance Coordinator
13565 Port Sheldon Street
Holland, MI 49424
Email address: thernand@oaisd.org 

Stephanie Deleeuw, Attendance Coordinator 

13565 Port Sheldon Street, Holland, MI  49424

Holland, MI  49424


Email Address: sdeleeuw@oaisd.org                                                    

Michigan Department of Education
Michelle Williams, Special Populations Unit Manager
Michigan Department of Education
Office of Educational Supports
Email address:Williamsm48@michigan.gov 

Bus ad for homeless education