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Title IX-A (McKinney-Vento Act) 

Homeless Education

The McKinney-Vento Act’s Education of Homeless Children and Youth Program, ensures that homeless children and youth are provided a free, appropriate public education, despite lack of a fixed place of residence or a supervising parent or guardian. The state public school admission statute assuring the right of homeless and other children and youth in similar circumstances to enroll in schools is ORS 339.115(7).  [1]

If you live in any of the following situations you may qualify for certain rights and protection under the federal McKinney-Vento Act:

  • A shelter.
  • A motel or campground due to the lack of an alternative adequate accommodation.
  • A car, park, abandoned building, or bus or train station.
  • A shared house or doubled up with other people due to loss of housing or economic hardship.

Eligible students have the right to:

  • Receive a free, appropriate public education.
  • Enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment.
  • Enroll in the local school; or continue attending their school of origin (the school they attended when permanently housed or the school in which they were last enrolled), if that is their preference and is feasible.
    • If the school district believes that the school selected is not in his/her best interest, then district must provide the student with a written explanation of its position and inform the student of his/her right to appeal its decision.
  • Receive transportation to and from the school of origin, if requested.
  • Receive educational services comparable to those provided to other students, according to the students' needs.  

The Medford School District and North Medford High School have partnered with the Maslow Project to coordinate services for students who qualify under the McKinney-Vento Act. 

 For more information on services provided by the Maslow Project, visit the Maslow Project website.

 If you believe you may be eligible, contact the Maslow Project to find out what services and supports may be available.                     



North Medford's Maslow Representative: 

Nichole Hoefflinger:

Maslow Project Resource Center: 
500 Monroe St. 97501  (Mon-Fri 10:00 am-5:00 pm)  541-608-6868