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 ahays@shermanisd.net.

    More information can be found at http://www.theotx.org/

    Parent Flyer: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xwREpiif3JlVPfUG6_IrQxCcDjrpJRME/view?usp=sharing

    Community Services in Sherman for the homeless also include: 

    The North Texas Youth Connection, Robin Harbin, Residential Director, rharbin@ntxyouthconnection.org, 903-893-4717

    The Crisis Center, Shelli Shields Executive Director, www.graysoncrisiscenter.org, 903-893-3909