Homeless Services

  • 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 or information, contact your school counselor.  The district homeless liaison is Aileen Hays. 903-891-6400, ext 2060 


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

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


    Homeless Community Services in Sherman

    Family Promise www.familypromisegrayson.org or 903-771-0322
    Grand Central Station Sherman www.grandcentralsherman.com  or 903-957-0264

    Communities in Schools of the Dallas Region www.cisdallas.org or https://cisdallas.org/participant-recommendation-form/

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

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