Homeless Education

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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

PDF DocumentSummary of Major Amendments on Homelessness and Foster Care (new window)

Other Resources

External LinkSchoolHouse Connection Covid-19 and Homelessness Information (new window)

These are 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.

External LinkMichigan Department of Education Homeless Webpage (new window)

External LinkNational Center for Homeless Education (new window)

External LinkNational Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (new window)

External LinkSchoolHouse Connection Resources (new window)

PDF Document22-23 Homeless Liaisons

PDF Document22-23 Foster Care Liaisons

PDF Document21-22 School District Foster Care Education Liaisons (new window)

PDF DocumentOttawa County Housing Information Packet (new window)

Need more information?

External LinkHomeless Education LiveBinder (new window)

Access the Live Binder site for more information on local, state, and national resources, district forms, college resources, human trafficking resources, and more.  

External LinkFoster Care

External LinkParent 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