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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


    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 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

    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