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Title IX – McKinney-Vento Program

Homeless Liaison

Kwanzaa B. Johnson, LMSW, Homeless Liaison
985.879.6400 Ext. 264
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Program Description

The primary goal of the Terrebonne Parish Schools McKinney-Vento Program is to ensure homeless/transitional students stay in school by removing barriers to attendance.

This is done by the following:

  • Providing school supplies/backpacks
  • Providing school uniforms
  • Providing after school tutoring
  • Payment of school fees
  • Documentation (birth certificates, immunization records, etc.)
  • Referral to community resources for student and their families
  • Free lunch
  • Transportation
  • Case Management
Who is considered homeless under the McKinney-Vento Act?

A student without a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence is homeless. The definition does not change whether the student is living with a parent or is separated from parents. Under the McKinney-Vento Act, a student is homeless if he/she has a primary residence that is any of the following:

  • Families doubled-up with friends or family, this includes families in which children and parents are in separate places
  • Hotels or motels
  • Families/individuals living in parks or camping areas
  • Shelter/transitional living (i.e. disaster, domestic violence, homeless)
  • Displaced due to natural disaster, lack of financial resources, etc.
  • Vehicles or on the street
  • Runaway or throwaway teens; abandoned children
  • Families residing in sub-standard housing in need of great repair or with no utilities (i.e. running water, electricity)