Homeless Services Information
What does homeless mean?
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is a Federal law that addresses the educational needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness. The term "homeless children and youth" refers to individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. The Act was reauthorized in 2015 and ensures that homeless children receive a free and appropriate public education.
If you live in any of the following situations:
- A homeless shelter
- Doubled up with other people
- Car, park, empty building
- Motel or campground
Eligible students have the right to:
- Receive a free, appropriate public education
- Enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment.
- Enroll in school and attend classes while the school gathers needed documents.
- Enroll in the local school; or continue attending their school of origin if that is your preference.
- Receive transportation to and from the school of origin, if requested.
- Receive educational services comparable to those provided to other students, according to the student's needs.
For more help and information, contact the Sherman ISD Homeless Liaison, Aileen Hays at 903-891-6400, ext 2131, or send her an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information can be found at http://www.theotx.org/
Community Services in Sherman for the homeless also include:
The North Texas Youth Connection, Robin Harbin, Residential Director, email@example.com, 903-893-4717
The Crisis Center, Shelli Shields Executive Director, www.graysoncrisiscenter.org, 903-893-3909