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Homeless Education

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is a federal law that guarantees all children and youth the right to an equal education regardless of their living situation. Schools must remove barriers to students in temporary housing to enroll, attend and succeed in school. Protection under the McKinney-Vento Act extends to those who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. 

  • Sharing the housing of others due to economic hardship (doubled up)
  • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, camping grounds due to lack of adequate alternative accomodations
  • Living in a public or private place not designated for humans to live
  • Living in cars, parks, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations
  • Migratory children living in above circumstances
  • Unaccompanied youth (not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian)

All homeless students have the right to:

  • School stability - remain at their "school of origin"
  • Immediate enrollment - even without required registration documents
  • Transportation - to "school of origin"
  • Free school meals - all homeless students automatically qualify
  • Receive educational sevices comparable to those provided to other students, according to the student's needs
If you believe your student requires assistance through the district’s homeless support you may either print and fill out the form below and return it to the counselor in your child's school or, please contact the McKinney-Vento Liaison, Dori Berge, at (360) 277-2395.

McKinney-Vento Housing Questionnaire (English)
McKinney-Vento Housing Questionnaire (Spanish)

North Mason School District Homeless Education Board Policy and Procedures
Parent Brochure (Spanish) 
 
Resources
State Homeless Coordinator
Melinda Dyer
(360) 725-6050
McKinney-Vento Liason
North Mason School District Family Resource Coordinator
Dori Berge
North Mason Food Bank
22471 NE State Route 3
Belfair, WA   98528
(360) 275-4615
Mon - Tues: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Wed: 1:00 - 5:00pm
The Community Food Pantry
71 Old Belfair Hwy NE
Belfair, WA  98528
(360) 552-2600
Mon - Wed: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Mason County Transit
(360) 427-5033 or (800)374-3747
TDD Call 711 or (800) 833-6388
North Mason Resources
140 NE State Route 300
Belfair, WA 98528
(360) 552-2303
Department of Social Health and Services
2505 Olympic Hwy N #440
Shelton, WA 98584
Crossroads Housing
71 Sargison Loop
Shelton, WA 98584
(360) 427-6919
Habitat for Humanity
22653 State Route 3
Belfair, WA 98528
(360) 426-8134 Option 1