Homeless Students / McKinney-Vento Grant

Kent ISD is committed to helping our students who are experiencing homelessness through the McKinney-Vento grant. Each public school district and academy has a Homeless Liaison who assists with enrollment, academic support, and ongoing needs.

Find Your Homeless Liaison - Click Here

Homeless Data Entry

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Are you living...?


  • in a shelter, car, park, abandoned building, campground, motel, bus / train station or doubled-up with other people due to loss of housing and economic hardship
  • click for our informational brochure (updated Sept. 2016)

Children in Kindergarten - 12th grade have the right to and children in state or federal funded preschool programs:


  • receive a free, appropriate public education
  • enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents that are normally required
  • enroll in the local school or continue at their school of origin (determined by the best interest of the student)
  • receive transportation to and from school of origin if needed  
  • eligibility for federal breakfast and lunch programs
  • receive educational services comparable to other children, according to their needs
  • Please note: MV also includes students awaiting foster care placements until December 9th, 2016

Need help?


  • Call 211  for immediate assistance with housing, shelter, and other needs
  • For The Bridge (youth shelter), call 616.451.3001 
  • Youth? Visit HQ (youth drop in center) - http://hqgr.org/ 
  • National Runaway Safeline - 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929)

Does your student attend a state or federally funded preschool program?

  • Students attending state or federally funded preschool programs (GSRP, Head Start, ECSE) are also eligible for MV / Homeless services including: immediate enrollment (if space is available), right to school of origin, transportation to continue in school of origin (if in best interest of the student), eligibility for school meals (based on their program's participation)
  • If your child attends a GSRP program (outside of GRPS) and is experiencing homelessness, contact Stacey Bright at 616-447-5679 [if your child attends a GSRP program within GRPS and is experiencing homelessness, contact Tamara Dillon at 616-819-2519]
  • Head Start of Kent County
  • Great Start Readiness Program / Early On / Bright Beginnings
  • MDE Early Childhood Special Education

Liaison Resource: Fuel Card Calculator Spreadsheet (recommended by MDE State Coordinator)
Sample Questions for Liaisons to assist with Doubled Up Situations

Dispute Resolution Process (enrollment & eligibility)
MDE Dispute Process Description 
Appeal Request Form
Liaison Determination Form

Partner Shelters

The Bridge (youth shelter)

Family Haven (family shelter)

Family Promise (family shelter)

Mel Trotter (women & children's shelter)