Homeless Liaison

Hamilton Community Schools Homeless Liaisons

Tracy Haverdink, Hamilton High School Secretary
Hamilton High School and Pioneer Tech High School Homeless Liaison
4911 136th Avenue
Hamilton, MI 49419
269-751-5185 ext 2005

Cindy Schipper, Bentheim Elementary Secretary
Hamilton K-8th Homeless Liaison
4057 38th Street
Hamilton, MI  49419
269-751-5335 ext 7001

Ottawa County McKinney-Vento Grant

Stacey Sills, Grant Coordinator
13565 Port Sheldon Street
Holland, MI 49424
616-738-8940 ext. 4111


Michigan Department of Education

Casey Gordon

What is the purpose of the McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth (McKinney-Vento) program?

The McKinney-Vento program is designed to address the problems that homeless children and youth have faced in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school. Under this program, State educational agencies (SEAs) must ensure that each homeless child and youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as other children and youth. Homeless children and youth should have access to the educational and other services that they need to enable them to meet the same challenging State student academic achievement standards to which all students are held. In addition, homeless students may not be separated from the mainstream school environment. States and districts are required to review and undertake steps to revise laws, regulations, practices, or policies that may act as a barrier to the enrollment, attendance, or success in school of homeless children and youth.

What is the statutory authority for the McKinney-Vento program?

The program is authorized under Title VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 USC 11431 et seq.), (McKinney-Vento Act). The program was originally authorized in 1987 and, most recently, reauthorized by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. 

What is meant by the term “homeless children and youth”? 

The McKinney-Vento Act defines “homeless children and youth” as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. The term includes –

  • Children and youth who are: - sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason (sometimes referred to as doubled-up); - living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations; - living in emergency or transitional shelters; - abandoned in hospitals; or - awaiting foster care placement;
  • Children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;
  • Children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and
  • Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above.