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Resources for Homeless Children and Youth

Contact Information


Keith Woodruff
McKinney-Vento Program Specialist
District duties | Rights of students

Melinda Dyer
McKinney-Vento Program Supervisor 
Training | Data collection 

Matt Smith
Homeless Student Stability Program Supervisor
Unaccompanied homeless youth | Partial credit for highly mobile youth | State law 

Sample Forms & Templates

Sample forms and templates are provided for districts to meet federal and state program compliance. Items related to Consolidated Program Review are identified by item number.

Statement of Attestation - Consolidated Program Review item 10.4

Housing Questionnaire - Consolidated Program Review Item 10.5. Also available in Amharic | Cambodian | Korean | Marshallese | Punjabi | Russian | Spanish | Tagalog | Ukrainian | Vietnamese

Intake Form | Spanish - Consolidated Program Review Item 10.6

FAFSA-Independent Student Verification Form - Consolidated Program Review Item 10.7

Child Find Screening - Consolidated Program Review Item 10.8. Also available in Amharic | Cambodian | Korean | Marshallese | Punjabi | Russian | Spanish | Tagalog | Ukrainian | Vietnamese

McKinney-Vento Title I Set-Asides Needs Assessment - Consolidated Program Review Item 10.11

Sample End of School Year Letter for McKinney-Vento Parents/Guardians. Also available in Amharic | Arabic | Burmese | Chinese | Khmer | Korean | Marshallese | Nepali | Persian | Punjabi | Russian | Somali Spanish | Tagalog | Ukrainian | Vietnamese. *Please use your school district's letterhead.

Sample Informed Consent for Health Care authorization form RCW 7.70.065 authorizes school nurses, school counselors, or homeless student liaisons to provide consent for non-emergency outpatient primary care services for unaccompanied homeless students.

Training & Implementation Resources

COVID-19 and Student Experiencing Homelessness

NCHE Webinars

SchoolHouse Connection Webinars

McKinney-Vento Orientation for New Liaisons (Full webinar)
The full webinar has been divided into sections for the ease of accessing specific information related to the following questions:

Improving Educational Outcomes for Homeless Students in Washington

One of the key provisions of the McKinney-Vento Act is that every school district must appoint a local Education of Homeless Children and Youth liaison. The local liaison is key to the implementation of the law. Getting the right person for the position will enable homeless children and youth to receive all protections and services necessary for them to succeed in school. OSPI is committed to ensuring that every district has the most qualified person serving as the local liaison.

Designating a Local Education of Homeless Children and Youth Liaison: A Guide for School District Administrators in Washington

School Staff Resource

Administrators, teachers, para educators, and other school staff can play a pivotal role in ensuring the identification and offer of services to homeless children and youth. School personnel fulfilling these roles often develop relationships of trust and concern with homeless students and have the ability to identify their unique needs and offer support.

McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program; School Staff Resource

State & National Resources