McKinney-Vento- Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth (TEHCY) Program
Hawkins ISD Liaison is Lindsay Bell.
Region 7 Education Service Center
The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless as children lacking a fixed, regular, and adequate residence. If any one of the three conditions is missing, the child is considered homeless.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU QUALIFY FOR McKINNEY-VENTO PROTECTION:
If you qualify for protection under the McKinney-Vento Act, you have access to certain rights and protections. There are several steps you can take to ensure that you are accessing all of the benefits your community may offer.
“Homeless Liaison” may be in your job description – but do you know what it means?
By law, every local education agency (school district or charter school) must appoint a staff member to act as a liaison for students in homeless situations. Often this person holds one or more other job titles, including parent or school liaison, migrant or outreach coordinator, counselor, principal, federal programs director, or assistant superintendent.
Liaisons are responsible for: Identifying students in homeless situations, enrolling these students in school, and giving them “full and equal opportunity to succeed”. This includes:
The Madeline House & Grace Outreach
P.O. Box 1456
Mount Vernon, TX 75457
A Judicial Guide: Identifying and Serving Youth Experiencing Homelessness
Liaison Resource Guide - A compilation of some online resources organized by topic.
2-1-1 Texas - A free service that can refer you to appropriate social service agencies and provide their contact information. It is supported by the state’s Health and Human Service Commission's Texas Information and Referral Network. This service can be accessed via its website (searchable by service type and location) or by phone (dial 2-1-1).
Texas Network of Youth Services
National Center for Homeless Education
National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth
Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services
Samaritan Counseling Center of East Texas, Inc.