Homeless and Foster Care

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.

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Homeless Data Entry Tool for Liaisons

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

  • 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

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)


  • 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 Edna Stewart at 616-819-3673]
  • Head Start of Kent County
  • Great Start Readiness Program / Early On / Bright Beginnings
  • MDE Early Childhood Special Education

The Bridge (youth shelter)

Family Haven (family shelter)

Family Promise (family shelter)

Mel Trotter (women & children's shelter, Pathway Home, Youth House)

YWCA (family shelter)

Safe Haven (women & children's shelter)

Sylvia's Place (women & children's shelter)

The Ark (youth shelter)

Casey Gordon

Supervisor of Special Populations
Phone: 365-2337

NCHE Rights Posters

Parent / Family Posters
English, Arabic, Burmese, Kinyarwanda, Spanish, Swahili

Youth Posters
English, Kinyarwanda, Spanish


MV Consortium Meetings 19/20

  • for Consortium Member MV Liaisons
  • Kent ISD - Oct. 1, Jan. 14, April 21
  • Allegan AESA - Oct. 15, Jan. 15, April 15