McKinney-Vento Program (Title X: Homeless Education)

The McKinney-Vento Act is a federal law guaranteeing all children and youth the right to an equal education, regardless of their living situation. Protection under the McKinney-Vento Act extends to those who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.

This definition includes students:

  • Sharing housing with friends, relatives, etc. due to the loss of housing, natural disaster, hardship, etc.
  • Living in a motel, trailer park, or campground due to the lack of alternative accommodations
  • Living somewhere not designed for human occupation
  • In shelters or substandard housing
  • In an above situation and not in the custody of an adult guardian


Those covered by the law have the right to:

  • Immediate enrollment, regardless of documentation, immunizations, etc.
  • Automatic eligibility for free/reduced lunch
  • Transportation to their school of origin (consistency in education)
  • Comparable education to all other students

What schools can do:

  • Apply for OEA Foundation Grant to meet a student’s need:

  • Help connect students with available resources

The Ark Project of Coos County

755 S. 7th Street

Coos Bay, Oregon

Phone: (541) 297-4448

541-267-3104  ext. 7115

Drop In Hours:   1:30 – 4:00PM Mon-Thurs


  • Contact your school district liaison:

Melinda Torres

Phone:  (541) 297-4448




Coos Bay Public Schools

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