Homeless Youth and Family Support
What is the McKinney-Vento Act?
Waterville Public Schools and the Maine Department of Education follow the provisions of the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, which aims to minimize the educational disruptions experienced by students experiencing housing instability. Students in temporary housing situations are guaranteed the right to a free, appropriate, public education. McKinney-Vento protections apply to all public school students, pre-K through grade 12 who “lack a fixed, regular and adequate night time residence”, including children and youth:
Sharing housing due to loss of housing or economic hardship
Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or campgrounds due to lack of alternative adequate housing
Living in emergency or transitional housing
Abandoned in hospitals
Having a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, regular sleeping accommodations
Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations
Migratory students meeting the descriptions above
Information for Students & Families
Information for Staff
211 Maine is a free, confidential information and referral service that connects people of all ages across Maine to local services. Dial 211 if you or someone you know needs help with:
EMPLOYMENT & EDUCATION
FAMILY SUPPORT & MENTAL HEALTH
Homeless Screening Form for Parents, Guardians, or other Community Members
Do you know of a student who is currently or is at risk of becoming homeless? Let us know by completing this form. For assistance, please call (207) 873-4281.
Homeless Youth Reporting and Screening Form for School Staff
If you are a school staff member and suspect a student is homeless or is at risk of becoming homeless, don't hesitate! See a building administrator or school counselor immediately to fill out this form.
For More Information, Contact:
Peter Hallen, Homeless Liaison