McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Services

The McKinney-Vento Program is created to provide extra support to families whose permanent housing has been disrupted.  It’s a program that helps families and supports the educational needs of children.

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act - Title X, Part C of the No Child Left Behind Act. The purpose of this law is to ensure that children and youth who are experiencing housing insecurity are assured full and equal access to an appropriate public education and that they thrive in school. The program is intended to protect students who are living in transitional housing situations.  It states that any student who is, “lacking a fixed, regular or adequate place to live” (42 U.S.C. § 11431-11435) is eligible for this program.

The law delineates that if students live under any of these conditions:

  • Living in a house or apartment with more than one family because of economic hardship or loss
  • Living in a shelter (family, youth or domestic violence shelter or transitional living program)
  • Living in a motel, hotel or weekly rate housing
  • Living in an abandoned building, in a car, at a campground or on the street
  • Living in substandard housing (e.g., without electricity, heat or water)
  • Living with friends or family because you are a runaway or unaccompanied youth

This law provides several protections, including guaranteed, immediate enrollment in school, as well as, the opportunity to benefit from a variety of services to help meet educational needs. Services may include the following based on need and supply availability:

  • Backpacks and school supplies upon request
  • Free and reduced lunch program at school
  • Assistance in finding health, welfare and other county resources
  • Make educational needs linkages in the community
  • School enrollment assistance as needed, including school of origin
  • Transportation support

If you have a student who is living in any of the conditions mentioned above and need assistance with any of the above-mentioned items, you can reach out to your child’s school or by contacting the Garden Grove Unified School District’s McKinney-Vento liaison:

Brian Inouye, Coordinator tele: 714-663-6391 or email:

McKinney-Vento Referral Form - English

McKinney-Vento Referral Form - Spanish

McKinney-Vento Referral Form - Vietnamese



  • Family Solutions Collaborative – Housing coordinated entry on-line application: – housing assistance/resources for homeless families
  • Casa Youth Shelter – Emergency shelter care for youth 12-17 yrs. – counseling services: 800-914-CASA (2272);
  • WayMakers Safe Shelter – Crisis residential services homeless/runaway 11-17 yrs.; Huntington Beach – 714-842-6600, Laguna Beach – 949-494-4311, Tustin – 714-714-0780;
  • Build Futures – Housing support, resources and services for 18-24 yrs, 714-907-7358,, 18822 Beach Blvd., #211 Huntington Beach
  • Safe Families for Children/Olive Crest – Parents arrange their children to stay with pre-screened family during crisis situations, 714-543-5437 ext. 1234,
  • The Launch Pad – multitude of services/support for young adults 18-24, 949-899-8100,
  • Olive Crest Safe Families for Children – safe home for children 0-18 yrs., 1-800-550-Child ext. 1234,


  • DV Assistance Program – 714-935-7956
  • Human Options – 949-854-0180 / Hotline: 877-854-3594
  • Interval House Crisis Shelters & Centers for DV – 562-594-9492
  • Laura’s House – Crisis Hotline: 949-498-1511



  • OC Head Start Inc., 714-241-8920;
  • Children’s Home Society of CA – subsidized child care;
  • Children’s Home Society Resource & Referral Line – Mon-Fri 9am-3pm; 714-543-2273


  • 2-1-1 Orange – 24-hour Info, Resource & Referral Line, Dial 2-1-1 on any phone. NEW SERVICE: text your zip code to: 898211 to connect to a live person to help find info and referrals for free/low cost services.
  • Families and Communities Together – Community Assistance & Support Services.
  • Cal Fresh – food assistance – locations: call 2-1-1, text your zip code to 898211, or
  • Chrysalis Employment Counseling/Services: 714-204-3000; 290 S. Anaheim Blvd. Anaheim;
  • TSJ Hope Builders – Job Training; 714-543-5105;