The WFISD supports homeless students and their families through (TEXSHEP) Texas Support for Homeless Education Program Sub grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education McKinney-Vento Education Program. The district’s Homeless Liaison provides a variety of social service assistance to the children, families, and unaccompanied youth within the district.
What classifies someone as Homeless?
The Federal McKinney– Vento Act of 2001– Title X, Part C of the No Child Left Behind Act– Sec. 725, defines “homeless” as:
• Living in a shelter (family, domestic violence shelter, youth shelter, or transitional program);
• Living in a motel, hotel, or weekly-rate housing;
• Living in a house or an apartment with more than one family because of economic hardship or loss;
• Living in an abandoned building or a car, at a campground or on the streets;
• Being placed in temporary foster care or with an adult who is not your parent or legal guardian;
• Living in inadequate housing with no electricity, no water, and/or no heat;
• Staying with friends or family because you are a runaway or unaccompanied youth.
If you are currently living in one of these situations, you do not need to provide the following documents to enroll in school.
• Proof of residency
• Immunization records
• Birth certificate
• School records
• Legal guardianship papers
How do you qualify for the program?
You must fill out a Student Residency Questionnaire (SRQ) form at your home campus. Secondary students, can sign an SRQ form through the Student Assignment Office (located at 1104 Broad St.) or by contacting the Homeless Coordinator. The answers you provide will help the Homeless Coordinator determine if your child is eligible for services.
• Tutoring services at various campuses
• Enrollment assistance to families
• Assistance in resolving disputes that arise during the enrollment process
• Assistance to families in obtaining free lunch status for their child
• Assistance with transportation
• Assistance with school supplies
• Assistance with school uniforms and other clothing
• Assistance with hygiene items
• Connect families and students with resources in the community
• Provide a snack program to students at various campuses
• Assist students with documentation needed for college financial aid
• Advocacy for the educational needs of students in homeless situations.