Homeless Services

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act requires that all schools provide homeless students with immediate access to education, even if the child lacks school records, a birth certificate, medical/immunizations documents, or proof of residency. The Haysville Public Schools has a strong commitment to ensure that all homeless children and youth receive a meaningful opportunity to enroll and attend all public schools in the district. The Haysville Public Schools Support Services Office acts as a resource for families in need and school personnel facing questions or assistance related to homeless children and youth. The program provided services to over 200 students in the 2017-18 school year.  If you would like more information about the Support Services in Haysville contact program director, Linda Long.

Under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act a student is considered homeless if he or she has lost housing and is presently:

  • living in a shelter
  • living in a hotel, motel, or a campground due to lack of housing
  • sharing housing with relatives or others due to a lack of housing
  • living at a train or bus station, in a park, or in a car
  • living in an abandoned building
  • youth not living with parent or guardian
  • in other situations that are not fixed, regular, or adequate for nighttime residence.


Homeless students have right to:

  • Go to school, no matter where they live or how long they have lived there. They must be given access to the same public education, including preschool education, provided to other children.
  • Continue in the school they attended before becoming homeless or the school they last attended, if that is your choice and is feasible. If a school sends a homeless child to a school other than the one requested, the school must provide a written explanation and offer the right to appeal the decision.
  • Receive transportation to the school they attended before the family became homeless or the school they last attended, if requesting such transportation.
  • Attend a school and participate in school programs with children who are not homeless. Children cannot be separated from the regular school program because they are homeless.
  • Enroll in school without giving permanent address. Schools cannot require proof of residency that might prevent or delay school enrollment.
  • Enroll and attend classes while the school arranges for the transfer of school and immunization records or any other documents required for enrollment.
  • Enroll and attend classes in the school of their choice even while the school they are seeking to attend resolves a dispute over the enrollment.
  • Receive the same special programs and services, if needed, as provided to all other children served in these programs.
  • Receive transportation to school and to school programs.

Quick Links



Contact Us


Linda Long

Support/Homeless Services Program Director
Tel: 316-554-2251 ext: 1409
email: llong@usd261.com

900 W. Grand
Haysville, KS 67060


Tate Toedman

Kansas State Coordinator
Tel: 785-296-6714
Fax: 785-296-5867
email: ttoedman@ksde.com


National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth

Community Resources

Program Description Phone
St. Anthony Family Homeless Shelter Housing 316-264-7233
American Red Cross Rent/Utility Assistance 316-219-4070
Harbor House Domestic Violence Shelter 316-263-6000
Salvation Army Homeless Services 316-263-2196
YWCA Women's Crisis Center 316-267-7233
Center of Hope Rent/Utility Assistance 316-267-0222
Haysville Community Outreach Food Assistance 316-524-6302
Haysville Senior Center Food Assistance 316-529-5903
Mother Mary Ann Clinic Low Cost Medical Care 316-689-5121
Grace Med Dental Clinic Low Cost Dental Care 316-866-2020
Haysville Restore Clothing Assistance 316-524-4254
United Way Assistance Dial 211

For referral to other services call:

Linda Long
554-2251 Ext 1409

Donations always accepted