• The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, ensures the educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness. 

     Homelessness is defined as having a lack of fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence and includes:

    • children or youth living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals; or are awaiting foster care placement;
    • children and youth who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reasons;
    • children or youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;
    • children or youth living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings. 
    Waco ISD Homeless Liaison
    Kim Ellis

    In order to assure that students in homeless situations have the opportunity to enroll in, attend, and succeed in school; the following services may be explored:

    • Enrollment Assistance
    • Free School Meals
    • Transportation Services
    • School of Origin

    Enroll your child in school.

    You can enroll your child even if you are missing immunization records, school records, and proof of residency.

    Keep copies of critical records:

    • Immunizations
    • Social Security number
    • health physicals
    • individualized education programs (IEPs)

    Ask questions

    • Is transportation available for my child to stay in the same school?
    • Will someone help us transfer records quickly when we move?
    • Is there a pre-school program?
    • Should my child be tested for special education?
    • Can my child receive free meals at school?
    • Are school supplies available?
    • Are there after-school study halls or tutoring available?
    • Are special counseling services available for my child?


  • Kim Ellis
    Kim Ellis
    Director of Homeless Outreach Services

Contact Us

  • Waco ISD
    Homeless Outreach Services

    501 Franklin Ave.


  • Waco ISD’s history of serving students in transition was recently recognized by the Federal Government as we proudly accepted the TEXSHEP grant. This grants allows local educational agencies to implement educational and support services for children and youth in homeless situations. We are entrusted with the task of helping our students who are experiencing homelessness. This help is offered in a variety of ways. We hope that this website will help you to understand the services we offer in accordance with the McKinney-Vento Act and the State of Texas. We also hope that you will share this information with others you know so that together we can build a strong foundation for our students.