Accountability and Leadership Solutions
The websites listed below provide additional information about the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and community resources for families/individuals experiencing homelessness.
Haven for HOPE
National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE)
National Coalition for Homeless
National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY)
National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
Texas Homeless Education Office (THEO)
Texas Homeless Network (THN)
Accountability and Leadership Solutions provides Homeless Education Program (HEP) supports and services to traditional districts and charter districts in meeting requirements of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Program (HEP). All Texas public schools, charter schools, and education services centers, collectively known as local education agencies (LEAs), must follow federal rules concerning the education of homeless students. These requirements are detailed in the McKinney-Vento Act.
Professional development workshops are designed to facilitate the implementation of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Act in coordination with the Texas Homeless Education Office (THEO) to facilitate collaboration between schools and community agencies and to provide access to state and national experts in the area of homeless education. Additionally, technical assistance and trainings are designed to
- provide HEP training to maintain compliance with state and federal program requirements,
- provide training and technical assistance for new and experienced HEP liaisons, and
- provide resources for identifying and serving homeless students.
Workshops are provided at Region 4 and also can be customized and delivered as on-site trainings for districts and campuses.
Every LEA must designate an appropriate staff person as a local homeless education liaison. This person also may be a coordinator for other federal programs. Local liaisons must ensure that
- children and youth in homeless situations are identified by school personnel and through coordination activities with other entities and agencies, and
- students experiencing homelessness enroll—and have full and equal opportunity to succeed—in school.
The homeless liaison at the ESC assists LEAs in the identification and service of homeless students. The ESC also provides trainings and resources for district homeless liaisons. The homeless liaison at Region 4 ESC is LaShonda Evans.
Texas Education Agency Website: Education of Homeless Students
Region 4 e-Catalog