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Homeless Resources

The McKinney-Vento Act is a federal law that ensures that children and youth who do not have permanent housing can go to school and preschool. It gives children and youth rights to enroll in school, stay in school, get transportation to school, and do well in school. It also includes assistance through the school, such as free/reduced lunch and other services.


Homelessness is defined as:


  • having a lack of fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence and includes
  • children and youth who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reasons;
  • children or youth living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals; or are awaiting foster care placement;
  • children or youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;
  • children or youth living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings.

If you need help enrolling your children or yourself in school, there are people who can help you. You can contact: 

  • Your school district’s McKinney-Vento district liaison: Rick Hartley
  • Your State Coordinator: Erica Brewington ([email protected]

For Additional Information or Assistance, Please Contact: 

BGISD District Homeless Liaison:  Mr. Rick Hartley, BGISD Superintendent 
212 West Grady Street

Blooming Grove, TX 76626

Phone: 903-695-2541 ext. 1004

Email at [email protected]


For additional information on the education of homeless students, visit the following links: 

TEA Education of Homeless Students:

​Texas Homeless Education Website: ​