Homeless Students / McKinney-Vento Act

Caledonia Community Schools is committed to helping our students who are experiencing transitional housing situations through the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. Each public school district and academy has a homeless liaison who assists with enrollment, academic support, and ongoing needs.  

If your family is in a temporary or inadequate living situation due to a loss of housing or economic hardship, your child might be eligible for certain education rights and services. 

McKinney-Vento Act

Under the McKinney-Vento Act, children in transitional housing situations have the right to: 

Attend either the local school or the school of origin, if this is in their best interest; the school of origin is the school the child attended when he/she was permanently housed or the school in which the child was last enrolled.
Enroll in school immediately, even if missing records and documents normally required for enrollment, such as birth certificate, proof of residence, previous school records, or immunization/medical records.
Enroll, attend classes, and participate fully in all school activities while the school gathers records.
Have access to the same programs and services that are available to all other students, including transportation and supplemental educational services.

Attend school with children not experiencing transitional housing; a school cannot segregate a student 

Resources

Food Pantries:
Holy Family Catholic Parish
9669 Kraft Ave
Caledonia, MI 49316
(616) 891-9259

Redeemer Covenant Church
6951 Hanna Lake Ave SE
Caledonia, MI 49316
(616) 528-0134 

For other locations:
Access Of West Michigan
(616) 774-2175

Housing & Utility/Job & Support/Crisis Assistance:
2-1-1
2-1-1 is a free and confidential service that helps people connect with resources. Dial 2-1-1 for services such as counseling, getting started with housing assistance through programs such as Family Promise, emergency shelter and more. Note that demand is higher during certain times of the year and can change on a daily basis so if you are told one day there isn’t anything available, try again the next.

2-1-1 is a great starting point for youth needing emergency shelter. They can connect you with The Bridge, HQ or Salvation Army’s Youth Emergency Shelter.

If you need assistance navigating the 2-1-1 system, contact Amanda Kozlowski at 616-891-8185.

DHHS/MI Bridges

DHHS offers a number of assistance programs such as cash assistance, health care coverage including MIChild, food assistance, child care and emergency relief for things such as burial costs, utility costs & home repairs. To apply click here. If you would like assistance with filling out the application or do not have access to a computer to fill out the application, contact your local Michigan Benefits Access partner at (616) 560-0434.
 

Parent Pamphlet 
Unaccompanied Youth Pamphlet 
Parents Right to Know Poster 
Foreclosure Information 
Referral Process for Agencies 
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