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Homeless Education

MCKinney-Vento Homeless Education

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act, Title IX, Part A of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) 2015, provides educational rights for individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. It applies to children and youth who are:

  • Sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing or economic hardship
  • Living in a motel, trailer park or campground due to lack of alternative options
  • Staying in a car, substandard housing, or place not designated for sleeping
  • Staying in a housing shelter
  • Migratory children if in the previously described situations

If you are currently in any of the above living situation please complete the form below and return it to your son/daughters school.

Housing Questionnaire English

Housing Questionnaire Spanish

Students Have The Right To:
  • Immediately enroll in school with or without the proper documentation or immunization record
  • Continue to attend their school of origin, if requested by you and it is in the best interest.
  • Receive transportation to and from their school of origin, the same special programs, and services, if needed, as provided to all other children, including free meals and Title I.
  • Receive the full protections and services provided under all federal and state laws, as it relates to homeless children, youth, and their families.
County Resources

Below are resources available to you in the county in which you reside.



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Sacramento County Resources

Sacramento County Office of Education: Project Teach

Sacramento County, CA Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Waiting List is NOW OPEN!

The Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA) is accepting Section 8 HCV and other program waiting list applications from January 12, 2022 at 8:00 am, until January 26, 2022 at 11:59 pm PT. A total of 5,000 applicants will be placed on the waiting list through random selection after the waiting list has closed. Priority is given to families that: 1) live or work in Sacramento County, 2) have a disabled family member, 3) have a U.S. Veteran in the household, 4) are homeless, and 5) paying more than 50% of their income for rent and utilities.  To learn more about this program click here.

Sacramento Emergency Rental Assistance (SERA2) Program Application Period Remains OPEN!

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA), in partnership with the City and the County of Sacramento, through federal and state funding, is offering emergency rent and utilities assistance for renters living anywhere in Sacramento County who have experienced a reduction in household income or other financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible applicants can receive up to 15-18 months of assistance for past rent and utilities owed. The total assistance amount available will depend on household need.  To learn more about this program click here.

McKinney-Vento Training

Video: You CAN Enroll in School


National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth

National Center for Homeless Education

HOUSING IS KEY – Resources for Renters, Landlords and Homeowners

Emergency Family Shelter Reservation List - Department of Human Assistance DHA



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Solano County Resources

Solano County Office of Education: Homeless Youth

Solano County Children and Family Resources

The Unveiling of Homelessness Solano County Transitional Age Youth Resources

Club Stride, Inc. Youth empowerment program that “cultivates civic participation in BIPOC communities, where civic empowerment disparities, rooted in unequal access to quality civic education opportunities, perpetuate unacceptable structural, racial and health inequities”. Located in Vallejo.

First Place For Youth “supports young people coming of age in the foster care system whose families who can’t be there for them”. Provides life skills, safe places to live and mentorship to current and former foster youth, ages 15 ½- 24. Located in Fairfield.

My Friends House  “exists to meet the immediate needs of local homeless and at-risk youth – to reach, connect with, and begin serving them before they become victims of drugs, street gangs, sex trafficking, or jail”. Located in Vacaville.

Police Activities League “Fairfield PAL program is open to Fairfield, Suisun, and Travis students enrolled in grades seven through twelve. Memberships are $10 per year and can be purchased at the Fairfield Community Center (1000 Kentucky Street) Monday - Thursday between 11:30am - 5:30pm. A current student ID is required to register”.

Solano Pride Center “ensures that the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and Intersex individuals have a network of resources and educational tools to meet their needs”.

Sullivan Interagency Youth Services Center “reopened in 2013 with a new purpose: to serve the youth of Fairfield and Suisun City, offering students and their families a “one-stop-shop” for services that support success in school, in the community and in the future”. 

Solano County Behavioral Health ARCH Transition Aged youth Homeless Outreach program “provides services in the community to those whom are homeless or at immediate risk to becoming homeless. ARCH Outreach Specialist and Clinician offer direct  linkage to Mental Health and Substances Abuse Services. ARCH team also supports linkage to additional desired services which includes, but not limited to,  potential housing, applications for Cal FRESH (food stamps) and Medical (health insurance).  Provides case management to transition age youth, ages 16-25. Contact at

VOICES Solano Youth CenterAll of VOICES’ programs are administered through a trauma-informed lens, and are led by teams of youth and adults in a family-like environment. Support and safety, comprehensive education, employment, health, and housing services are housed under one roof at VOICES”.