The McKinney-Vento Act provides rights and services to children and youth experiencing homelessness, which includes those who are: sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; staying in motels, trailer parks, or campgrounds due to the lack of an adequate alternative; staying in shelters or transitional housing; or sleeping in cars, parks, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, or similar settings.
Texas Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness
Under federal and state law, children and youth experiencing homelessness have a right to a free, appropriate public education (FAPE). The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
Hello everyone, my name is Albert H. Archuleta and I worked in public education for 21 years as a Teacher and Principal. Here at Region 6 ESC, I'm the McKinney Vento & Foster Care contact.
Albert H. Archuleta
Aunt Bertha is a free-to-use online platform that makes it easy for anyone in the US to find and apply for social services.
Here’s how it works. For any ZIP code in the United States, you’ll see at least 200 listings. Some areas have more programs than others, but we are rapidly expanding. So say you’re in Austin. You type in a ZIP code, and in a couple of seconds, it’s pulling in all of the national programs, state programs, county programs, city programs, and then programs that cover just your neighborhood.
If you type in “food pantry,” it pulls in the food pantry programs, organized by how close they are to you. You can filter for other variables—say “seniors.” As you drill in, you get the hours and location, and so on. You can also search by eligibility: put in a family size—let’s say I have two kids under 5 and I make $700 a month. What comes up is the Texas Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—SNAP—what used to be called food stamps. I know, based on publicly available rules, that a family of this makeup would likely get somewhere around $458 a month in benefits. Or maybe you’re prescribed a prescription drug—say Prozac. You’re uninsured and you don’t have the money for it. It will bring up the Lilly Cares program. Eli Lilly, the manufacturer of Prozac, will give it to you for free if you apply.
The Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth (TEHCY) Program
The Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth (TEHCY) Program Infographic summarizes identification and graduation data for students experiencing homelessness enrolled in Texas public schools for 2017, 2018, and 2019 school years.