Homeless Awareness Program
Moses Lake School District’s Homeless Awareness Program is in place to address and support the educational needs of students who find themselves in temporary or transitional housing during the school year.
The MLSD Homeless Awareness Program works closely with the Grant County Housing Authority and other city and county agencies, as well as the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to reduce the barriers of homelessness and to have the students and their families feel supported and encouraged while they secure permanent housing.
The McKinney-Vento Act
This act is funded by the federal government and comes to the school district as part of the Moses Lake School District Title Funds allocation. Each year the school district is required to set aside funds to support students covered by McKinney-Vento Act provisions.
The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children as “individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence.” The act provides examples of children who would fall under this definition:
- Children and youth sharing housing due to loss of housing, economic hardship or similar reason.
- Children and youth living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or campgrounds due to lack of alternative accommodations.
- Children and youth living in emergency or transitional shelters.
- Children and youth abandoned in hospitals.
- Children and youth whose primary nighttime residence is not ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation (e.g. park benches, etc.).
- Children and youth living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations.
- Migratory children and youth living in any of the above situations.
For more information, please contact:
Dave Balcom firstname.lastname@example.org 509-793-7699
Tracy Sorkness email@example.com 509-793-7997