Services for students who have been displaced and do not have permanent housing are eligible for services under the McKinney-Vento Act established in 1987. This act ensures that eligible students whose families are facing economic hardship are able to attain a level of stability by being able to remain in their current educational setting (“school of origin”). Other provisions of the law are intended to provide students with transportation, free/reduced lunch, waivers of fees, provision of supplies, and other services to enhance their school success and limit disruptions to their education.
Role of Position:
By law, all school districts are to have a Homeless Liaison as well as policies and procedures to streamline the process of families obtaining services. Services to individual students are made on a case-by-case basis and often involve collaboration between districts. In New Berlin, the Homeless Liaison is part of the responsibilities of the Director of Student Services.