At May’s board meeting we heard from Antonio Lewis, a McKinney-Vento Family Support worker in the Highline School District. The following is an excerpt from his presentation.

McKinney-Vento Definition:

Highline Schools supports children who are experiencing homelessness as defined by Title X and who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence as well as students who are in temporary foster care. This includes students living in shelters, transitional housing, temporary group homes, doubled-up with other families, moving from home to home, living unsheltered, living in a hotel or motel, or living in public or private places not designed for or ordinarily used as regular sleeping accommodations due to loss of housing because of financial or catastrophic events. The district supports McKinney-Vento qualified students living with their families and students living on their own as unaccompanied youth (that is students living without the physical or financial support of their guardians or parents).

How the Highline Schools Foundation for Excellence has supported the McKinney-Vento program:

Over the past few years, we have seen a steady increase in the amount of students and families that are homeless/in transition. As of 5/24/12 we have qualified 842 MV students (we qualified 759 for the entire 2010-11 school yr). To help with the rising need, the Highline Schools Foundation has provided our program with Shell gas cards, Safeway gift cards, metro bus tickets and funding to purchase hygiene products for our MV students and families.

Current Needs of the McKinney-Vento program:

We anticipate our numbers will continue to increase, so we will have a need for:

  • Shell Gas Cards
  • Safeway Gift Cards
  • School Supplies (especially backpacks, color pencils and markers)
  • School uniforms
  • Clothing vouchers

Please visit the Highline School District webpage for more information about this program, including how to access McKinney-Vento Services in our district. If you would like information about donating gift cards or vouchers, please contact the Highline Schools Foundation: [email protected].

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987 is a United States federal law that provides federal money for homeless shelter programs. It was the first significant federal legislative response to homelessness, and was passed and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on July 22, 1987. The act has been reauthorized several times over the years.

Since 1999, the Highline Schools Foundation has been supporting innovation and excellence in Highline Public Schools. Our funding priorities focus on programs to improve academic achievement, supporting college and career readiness, grants to teachers for engaging classroom projects, the arts, athletics, and programs that keep students in school and productive. Highline is a district full of need and opportunity. The Highline Schools Foundation is the only non-profit organization dedicated to all schools in our district—our goal is to help as many students as possible be successful!

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