Stephanie Gallas and Dr. Aaron J. Butler

WJCC Homeless Liaisons

p: (757) 603-6435
p: (757) 603-6533
e: stephanie.gallas@wjccschools.org

Barbara Bell

Homeless Education Facilitator

The McKinney-Vento Act ensures educational rights and protection for youth and children experiencing homelessness.

Who is considered homeless?

Anyone who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate night time residence is considered homeless. You qualify if you are:

  • Living in an emergency shelter or transitional housing
  • Living in a motel, hotel or campground due to economic hardship or lack of housing
  • Sharing housing with relatives or others due to economic hardship or lack of housing
  • Living in a car, park, public place, bus or train station or an abandoned building

Services Provided by Williamsburg James City County Public Schools

If a student is found eligible for services under the McKinney-Vento Act, the school district can provide the following services:

  • Immediate school enrollment
  • Transportation
  • Free meals
  • Referrals to community resources for food, clothing, shelter, etc.

Parents/Guardians who think they may qualify for services under McKinney-Vento Education Assistance Act should contact their School Social Worker.

Project HOPE is the office of the State Coordinator for Homeless Education in Virginia.  It is located at the College of William and Mary.