Walla Walla School District's Families in Transition/Homeless Education Program is in place to address and support the educational needs of students who find themselves in temporary or transitional housing during the school year. Our program works closely with local shelter and housing providers, community agencies and resources, and the City of Walla Walla, County of Walla Walla and Washington state's Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. We work together to ensure educational stability for students in short-term/temporary and transitional/homeless housing situations so they feel supported and encouraged while they secure permanent housing.
- Walla Walla Alliance for the Homeless;
- Walla Walla Sleeping Center;
- Exit Homeless Program;
- Helpline (food, shelter, rent assistance, clothing, hygiene items...);
- Blue Mountain Action Council (food bank, low-inclome home energy assistance); x 138
- Christian Aid Center (Men Services, Women & Children Services, and Meals):
- Catholic Charities of Walla Walla
- The Loft (24-hour emergency shelter for unaccompanied youths ages 12-17);
- YWCA: Safe Shelter for women and children escaping domestic violence;
Eligibility / Contact Information
Who is considered eligible for the Homeless Education Program's (McKinney-Vento) assistance and services?
Any child or youth, including migrant and unaccompanied youth, who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence is considered homeless and is eligible for McKinney-Vento assistance and services. This includes children and youth who are temporarily sharing housing with others due to loss of housing or economic hardship; those who are living in hotels, camping grounds, emergency shelters, cars, bus or train stations, transitional housing programs, or other similar settings.
If you have a student/child who may qualify for our Program's assistance and services or would like more information, please contact our Homeless Education Liaison:
Education Rights of Children and Youth Who Qualify for Services & Assistance
Our schools provide equal and comparable access to all students regardless of their home living situation. McKinney-Vento eligible children and youth have specific rights that include:
- Maintain attendance at the school of origin-current school for the remainder of the current school year (if this is in the child’s best interest and feasible) or enroll in the neighborhood school where currently residing.
- Transportation assistance if needed.
- Eligible for FREE food services
- Appropriate support services and programs for which they are eligible such programs as gifted, children with disabilities, vocational education, preschool
- Assistance obtaining needed records and documentation
- Academic assistance through the district's federally funded Title I program
- Parent or guardian engagement in school activities
Dispute Resolution Process: School District Placement of Children and Youths in Homeless Situations.
Proceso Para la Resolución de Disputas Colocación en el Distrito Escolar de Niños y Jóvenes sin Vivienda.
The Homeless Education Program also works closely with neighboring school districts including College Place, Milton-Freewater, Dayton, Waitsburg, etc., in an effort to create a regional educational network to support students and their families in short-term/temporary and transitional/homeless housing situations.
- Youth Educational Rights_Poster - English
- Información Para Los Jóvenes de Edad Escolar- Spanish/español
Parent Homeless Information
- What You Need to Know to Help Your Child in School
- Lo Que Necesita Saber Para Ayudar a Su Hijo en la Escuela
- Parent Information Poster
- Supporting the Education of Children_Brochure
- Información para Padres_Poster
- Apoyando la Educación de los Niños y Jóvenes Sin Hogar_Folleto
- Access to Food for Homeless Students
- School Help for Homeless Children with Disabilities
- Sesame Street Resources
Staff and Community Homeless Information
- Supporting the Success of Homeless Children and Youths
- The McKinney-Vento Act
- Frequently Asked Questions on the Educational Rights of children and Youth in Homeless Situations
- School Staff Resource Guide