Title IX-A (McKinney-Vento Act) - Homeless Education

Program Description 

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]

The Ashland School District contracts these services with Maslow Project. 

For more detail please visit www.maslowproject.com  

  • Maslow Contact: Kirsten Cronin 541-200-9403

  • District Contact: Erika Bare, Director of Student Services 541-482-2438 


If you live in any of the following situations:  

  • In a shelter 

  • In a motel or campground due to the lack of an alternative adequate accommodation 

  • In a car, park, abandoned building, or bus or train station 

  • Sharing housing or doubled up with other people due to loss of housing or economic hardship 

  • You may qualify for certain rights and protection under the federal McKinney-Vento Act 


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. 


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


Additional Resources 

Educational Right Poster for Youth English  Spanish

Educational Right Poster for Parent English  Spanish

Ashland School Board Policy 


[1]Oregon State Department of Education, McKinney-Vento Act: Homeless Education Program, http://www.oregon.gov/ode/schools-and-districts/grants/ESEA/McKinney-Vento/Pages/default.aspx  (December, 2017) 



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