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McKinney-Vento – Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program


Covid-19 Guidance

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The Texas Education Agency has released guidance for districts related to COVID-19 for homeless students.  Click here to view the most up to date document:

COVID-19: Guidance for Students Experiencing Homelessness 


The Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth Support Center also has a COVID-19 Resource Page to help students experiencing homelessness during these uncertain time.


Updated Posters

The Texas Education Agency recently released digital files of the new McKinney-Vento posters.  There are two versions of the poster, one to assist parents of school-age youth (English & Spanish) and a second to assist unaccompanied youth (English & Spanish).  Should you need additional printed posters, please contact Lacy Murphey.




About the Homeless Education Program

The Homeless Education Program is designed to support districts and charters as they strive to meet the unique needs of students experiencing homelessness. Technical assistance is provided through statute interpretation, identification, and service requirements as it relates to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.  Collaboration is also facilitated between schools and regional community agencies to ensure that identified homeless students receive necessary services.


Each Local Education Agency (LEA) must designate a representative as their district’s/charter’s Homeless Liaison.  Liaisons ensure that:

  • children and youth in homeless situations are identified by school staff and through coordination activities with other entities and agencies, and
  • students experiencing homelessness enroll—and have full and equal opportunity to succeed—in school.

Access the District Homeless Liaison Directory for Region 9.


Each Regional Education Service Center is also required to designate a Homeless Liaison to assist LEAs in the identification and service of homeless students. The ESC representative also facilitates trainings and resources for district homeless liaisons. Contact information for the Region 9 ESC Homeless Liaison is: 

Lacy Murphey





Notable Resources

The Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth (TEHCY) Support Center provides technical assistance to anyone, anywhere in the state, regarding issues related to children and youth experiencing homelessness.  Call the TEHCY Support Center toll-free anytime:  1-800-446-3142.  Take time to check out the TEHCY resources, trainings, and webinars.




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The Texas Education Agency also provides information for homeless students, services, and opportunities.  Specific topics include:  Identification, Enrollment, School Determination, Transportation, and Dispute Resolution.