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Welcome to the DISD Homeless Information Page.
Here you will find many resources for families who are experiencing homelessness, or dealing with low/no income or other at-risk factors. Our homeless liaison is Jo Ellen Allen (281-229-7421).
The federal Mckinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act and Texas state law protect the rights of homeless children and youth to receive a free and appropriate public education.
Who is considered homeless?
Under the McKinney-Vento Act, the term “homeless children and youths” means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence and includes children and youths:
What protections does the McKinney-Vento Act require for homeless children and youths?
Under the McKinney-Vento Act, local educational agencies (LEAs) must review and revise policies and procedures to remove barriers to a high-quality education for homeless children and youths.
Every LEA must designate a local liaison able to carry out their duties to ensure that homeless students are identified and have a full and equal opportunity to succeed in school.
The McKinney-Vento Act also requires that:
For other inquiries you can visit 211 Texas
Below are some informational posters. You can also access these posters as .pdf documents. Schools, doctors' offices and community organizations are welcome to print and post these in community areas. Pdf links:
Information for School-Age Youth-Spanish
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