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McKinney-Vento Links & Resources

McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

Karen McCarthy
Title I Coordinator

McKinney-Vento is the primary piece of federal legislation dealing with the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness in U.S. public schools. It was reauthorized as Title X, Part C, of the No Child Left Behind Act in January 2002.

  • Homeless students have a right to either remain in their school of origin or to attend school where they are temporarily residing;
  • Students who choose to remain in their school of origin have the right to remain there until the end of the school year in which they get permanent housing;
  • Students who choose to enroll in school where they are temporarily residing must be enrolled immediately, even if they do not bring the records usually required for enrollment with them; and
  • If a homeless student arrives without records, the school district's designated Homeless Education Liaison must assist the family and contact the previously attended school system to obtain the required records.

For more information on the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Program, contact the U.S. Department of Education, Student Achievement and School Accountability Programs (SASA), Office of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Website:

Brockton Public Schools has created this web page to provide resources to families needing assistance. The resources are divided into 4 categories: Education, Health, Housing & Shelter and Family & Community Resources.

Massachusetts Coalition for The Homeless 1-866-205-1770 x 100

HelpSteps connects individuals to local health and human resources to alleviate disparities in health and social well-being in our community. Download the Android App or the iOS App or view the website by clicking the button below.

2-1-1 Help Steps

Parents that have an EBT card are afforded the opportunity to use it at many cultural events and places. This is a way for parents and Families who are on SNAP to utilize their card to attend events with their children at a discounted rate.

EBT Card to Culture Participating Organizations


Grades K-8 Brockton Public Schools Registration

Parent Information Center
60 Crescent Street, Brockton, MA

NAEHCY: National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth

NCHE: additional information and resources on providing assistance for schools serving displaced students

Horizons for Homeless Children: training & technical assistance workshops for educators and administrators working with young homeless children and their families

School on Wheels of Massachusetts: an organization whose mission is to educate children impacted by homelessness by providing academic support and one-on-one mentoring so children can reach their full potential

CHOICES: a program at Massasoit Community College for transitional assistance and low-income individuals


HealthNet: Health Insurance Information

Brockton Neighborhood Health Center
63 Main Street, Brockton, MA 02301

Mental Health Services: Emergency Services
Brockton Multi-service Crisis Unit

Domestic Violence
Safelink Hotline: 1-877-785-2020
Women's Place: 508-588-2041
Brockton Family & Community Resources: 508-583-2045

Housing & Shelter

Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance - click on "Resources"

Project Place Gatehouse: a supportive community that promotes hope and opportunity for homeless and low income individuals by providing the skills, education and resources needed to obtain stable employment and housing.

Housing Assistance
Helpline, 47 W. Elm St., Brockton, MA 508-584-4357

Social Services

Department of Transitional Assistance
75 Commercial Street, Brockton, MA

DTA Client Services

Social Security Administration
166 Main Street, Brockton, MA
508-427-5386 Hours: M-F 9am-4pm

MELD Program: Moms aged 13-25, one child under 3

MSPCC Good Start Program

Young Parent Program

Early Intervention
BAMSI 508-586-9855
MSPCC 1-800-339-2204
South Bay 1-800-244-4691

Housing Assistance
Helpline, 47 W. Elm St., Brockton, MA 508-584-4357


Food Pantries

Food Stamp Info 1-800-249-2007

Food Source Hotline 1-800-645-8333

Food Pantries: Brockton, MA

  • Catholic Charities, 686 N. Main St., 508-587-0815 M-F 10-2pm
  • Charity Guild, 501 N. Main St., 508-583-5280 M-Th 10-2pm (clothing also available)
  • Mainspring, 54 N. Main St., 508-587-5441 Wed. 10-2pm
  • Salvation Army, 216 Centre St., 508-583-1896, Tue-Fri 1-3pm
  • Torn Veil Church of God, 105 Pleasant St., 508-583-1896 Tue-Thur 10-2pm
  • Trinity Baptist Church, 1376 Main St., 508-588-4668 Wed. 4-6pm
  • David Louison Center, 137 Newbury St., 508-584-4315, Thurs. 10-2pm
  • Assembly of God, 199 Warren Ave., 508-583-7222 Fri. 10-12pm
  • My Brother's Keeper, 508-238-4416, Tue.-Fri. 12:30-4pm (Calls only; no messages)

St. Paul's, 80 Pleasant St., Brockton 508-587-0877, Mon-Sat, LUNCH, 12-1:30pm

795 Pleasant Street, Brockton 508-588-8241

Family & Community Resources

The Dianne DeVanna Center: for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect

Brockton Family & Community Resources, Inc : provides free, confidential services to child, adolescent and adult victims of trauma 508-583-6498

BAMSI: Brockton Area Multi Services 508-580-8700

MSPCC: array of mental health & support services 508-586-2660

United Way Hotline: 2-1-1

SelfHelp, Inc: 800-225-0875

Referral Contacts

  • DOR, Child Support Enforcement, 1-800-332-2733
  • DTA Recipient Services, 1-800-445-6604
  • DCF, 1-800-795-5200 or 1-800-KIDS-508
  • Early Intervention, 1-800-905-8437
  • Legal Assistance, 1-800-244-9023
  • Parents Helping Parents, 1-800-882-1250
  • Parental Stress Line, 1-800-632-8188
  • SouthBay Mental Health, 1-800-244-4691
  • MSPCC, 508-586-2660
  • Brockton WIC, 508-588-8241
  • Boys & Girls Club, 508-586-3503
  • YMCA, 508-587-4242

Unaccompanied Youth