Homeless Education Resources

The linked websites are for information only. Inclusion of this information on the District's website should not be construed as an endorsement of the information provided.


Washington State Homeless Liaison Directory (A Directory maintained by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)) 
The 100 Most Frequently Asked Questions on the Educational Rights of Children and Youth in Homeless Situations (PDF) 
Dispute Resolution Policy for the enrollment of Homeless Children and Youths (Word) 
Homelessness: An Introduction to the Issues (PDF)


National Partners in Homeless Education: 

The National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) 
NCHE, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, is a national resource center, providing valuable information, training, and materials to educators and community members seeking to address the educational needs of homeless children and their families. These materials are made available to the public at no charge and include such items as educational rights posters, parent packs, training resources, and “law into practice” briefs.

Contact: Diana Bowman, Director, 800-755-3277, dbowman@serve.org 

U.S. Department of Education, Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program 
The Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program oversees the education of homeless children and youth in our nation’s public schools, including the granting of McKinney-Vento funds and the monitoring of their usage. Program Coordinator Gary Rutkin, working with other Department officials and national partners, provides official guidance to states and school districts on implementing the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.
Contact: Gary Rutkin, Coordinator, 202-260-4412, gary.rutkin@ed.gov

The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) 
NAEHCY, a national grassroots membership association, serves as the voice and the social conscience for the education of children and youth in homeless situations. NAEHCY brings together educators, parents, advocates, researchers and service providers to ensure school enrollment and attendance, and overall success for children and youth experiencing homelessness. NAEHCY accomplishes this through advocacy, partnerships and education. NAEHCY also hosts an annual national conference on homeless education, which brings together educators and service providers to learn about new developments within the field.
Contact: Patricia Popp, President, 757-221-7776, ppopp@naehcy.org

The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP) 
The mission of NLCHP is to prevent and end homelessness by serving as the legal arm of the nationwide movement to end
homelessness. To achieve its mission, the Law Center pursues three main strategies: impact litigation, policy advocacy, and public education. The Law Center strives to place homelessness in the larger context of poverty. By taking this approach, the Law Center aims to address homelessness as a very visible manifestation of deeper causes: the shortage of affordable housing, insufficient income, and inadequate social services. NLCHP provides guidance and produces high-quality publications on legal issues pertaining to homelessness and poverty.
Contact: Joy Moses, Education Staff Attorney, 202-638-2535, jmoses@nlchp.org

The National Network for Youth (NNY) 
The National Network for Youth is the leading advocacy organization for runaway and homeless youth. NNY seeks to promote opportunities for growth and development for youth who face greater odds due to abuse, neglect, family conflicts and disconnection from family, lack of resources, discrimination, differing abilities, or other life challenges. NNY achieves this through advocacy on national policy related to at-risk youth and the provision of training, technical assistance, consultation services, and publications on the issue of supporting and protecting at-risk youth. 
Contact: Mishaela Duran, Director of Public Policy and Public Affairs, 202-783-7949 x3109, mduran@nn4youth.org