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Liliana Godinez

McKinney-Vento Liaison

Phone Number

(425) 456-4287


What is McKinney-Vento?

The McKinney-Vento Act is federal legislation, in effect since 1987, that ensures the rights and protections of children and youth experiencing homelessness. The purpose of the McKinney-Vento Act is to ensure that homeless children and youth are enrolled in and succeed in school. The McKinney-Vento Act defines “homeless children and youth” as individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence.

Who’s Eligible?

  • Living with other families or friends (i.e. doubled-up housing)
  • Living in hotels or motels
  • Living in homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, or transitional housing
  • Living in cars, abandoned buildings, parks, on the street, or other public spaces
  • Living as a runaway or in homeless youth shelters
  • Living in temporary foster care placement

Eligible Students’ Rights

  • Attend school in the attendance area where they are currently living.
  • Attend the school of origin (the school they attended when they became homeless), or the school in which they were last enrolled.
  • Support enrolling and succeeding in school from the district McKinney-Vento Liaison.
  • Receive transportation to their school, if necessary.
  • Free school meals (McKinney-Vento Liaison will complete the application).
  • Services for English Language Learners, Special Education, and/or Gifted Education.
  • Receive tutoring services focusing on academic assistance.
  • Receive Preschool services.

Community Support

  • Hopelink – 425-556-9283-shelter or 425 869-6000 – Food Bank
  • Crisis Clinic – 877-211-WASH or 206 461-3200
  • Eastside Domestic Violence – 425-746-1940 or 1-800- 827-8840
  • Eastgate Public Health – 206-296-4920 or 1 800 244-4312
  • Friends of Youth – 206-236-5437
  • Youth Eastside Services “YES” – 425-747-4937
  • TEENLINK – 206-461-4922 1-866-833-6546 www.866TEENLINK.ORG
  • Department of Social and Human Services (DSHS) 206 341-7404

Additional  Resources

  • Melinda Dyer, Program Supervisor
    State of Washington Education of Homeless Children and Youth
  • National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAECHY)