McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance

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 accommodations

  • 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 services 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, Cris Turner, at (360) 277-2295.

McKinney-Vento Housing Questionnaire (English)

McKinney-Vento Housing Questionnaire (Spanish)

North Mason School District Homeless Education
Board Policy and Procedures

Parent Brochure (English)

Parent Brochure (Spanish) 


State Homeless Coordinator

Melinda Dyer

(360) 725-6050

McKinney-Vento Liaison

North Mason School District Family Resource Coordinator

Cris Turner

(360) 277-2295

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

Department of Social Health and Services

2505 Olympic Hwy N #440

Shelton, WA 98584

(877) 501-2233

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