McKinney-Vento Education Program

  • Program Purpose:

    The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Program is a federally-funded grant program and serves under Richmond Public Schools Department of Student and Family Services.  This program adheres to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act, Title IX, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015, to ensure that children and youth experiencing homelessness have full and equal access to an appropriate public education and experience. Statewide statistics on student homelessness are available here.


    • Transportation to school of origin to promote school stability, including inter-district transportation
    • Assistance with some school fees
    • Resource room with household items, clothing, hygiene products, school supplies, and food
    • Case management for families and unaccompanied youth
    • Connections to community resources
    • Tutoring in local shelters and youth programs 
    • Parent training pertaining to the rights of homeless students
    • Consultation and training for RPS staff and community agencies to ensure compliance with McKinney-Vento law and our obligation to protect students educational rights

    Refer a Student or Family:

    • If you are experiencing housing instability and have a student in RPS, or are a student in RPS, please contact the McKinney-Vento Office directly at (804)780-6288. An office staff person will be happy to work with you to see if we are able to assist.
    • School social workers and other school staff can also refer families by contacting the office or by faxing a Multifamily Disclosure Form to (804)819-4424. The McKinney-Vento office will follow-up with the student or family to determine their eligibility for the program. 


    If you are usure whether or not you or a student you are working with qualifies for services, call (804)780-6288. When in doubt, please contact the McKinney-Vento office for consultation!