Noemi Cabrales 

District Homeless Program Liaison




McKinney-Vento: Federal homeless education legislation

During the 1990s, the federal government recognized the magnitude of the problem of homelessness within our country and, more specifically, the increasing incidences of homelessness among families with children and unaccompanied youth. To address this issue, Congress passed the Stewart B. McKinney Act, reauthorized in January 2002, most recently as the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. This act guarantees homeless children and youth with the following:

  • The right to immediate enrollment in school, even if lacking paperwork normally required for enrollment.
  • The right to attend school in his/her school of origin (if this is requested by the parent and is feasible) or in the school in the attendance area where the family or youth is currently residing.
  • The right to receive transportation to his/her school of origin, if this is requested by the parent and is feasible.
  • The right to services comparable to those received by housed schoolmates, including transportation and supplemental educational services.
  • The right to attend school along with children not experiencing homelessness. Segregation based on a student's status as homeless is strictly prohibited.


Partners in Homeless Education

Agua Fria Union High School District #216


Noemi Cabrales

District Homeless Liaison



Web Address : www.aguafria.org  

AFUHSD is committed to assuring all students from any socio-economic background have equal opportunities to a complete and quality education. In addition to the District Liaison, each school in the district has site personnel who provide an immediate point of contact and support system for students who are in need. The District's programs for homeless children and youth are in compliance with all state and federal laws. The McKinney-Vento Act requires all school districts have a homeless liaison to coordinate services for the homeless children and youth being served by their district.

Arizona Department of Education 

Contact: Frank Migali

State Coordinator for Homeless and Refugee Education


Email: frank.migali@azed.gov

Web Addresswww.azed.gov/asd/homeless/

 Community Information and Referrals

Community Information and Referral

Contact:  24-hour Toll Free Helpline:  602-263-8856, Administrative Line:  602-263-8845 ext. 100

Web Address:  www.cir.org

Community Information and Referral (CIR) provides a lisiting of resources and the directory of Human Services and self-help support groups in Maricopa County.  The listings are provided both in an alphabetical and service indexes. 

All Faith Community Services

Contact:  623-925-1100

All Faith is a partner with the homeless program in the district.  With two locations, The Attic at the White House in Avondale and their location in Buckeye, this agency has numerous programs to help those in need who are in our area.  Both locations offer a resale store with profits going to fund assistance and training programs.

Homeless Youth Connection

Contact: 623-374-3747

 15655 W. Roosevelt St. Suite 100

Goodyear, AZ 85338

Email: info@hyconnectionkids.org

Web Address: www.hyconnectionkids.org

Mission: Homeless Youth Connection was created to raise awareness, feed, clothe, and obtain safe shelter for homeless children who live in our communities. We want to make a difference in the lives of homeless children, because they may have no choice, but we do.

The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY)

Contact: Patricia Popp, President, 757-221-7776, ppopp@naehcy.org

Web Address : www.naehcy.org

NAEHCY, a national grassroots membership association, serves as the voice and social conscience for the education of children and youth in homeless situations. NAEHCY brings together educators, parents, advocates, researchers and service providers to ensure school enrollment and attendance, and overall success for children and youth experiencing homelessness. NAEHCY accomplishes this through advocacy, partnerships and education. NAEHCY also hosts an annual national conference on homeless education, which brings together educators and service providers to learn about new developments within the field.

The National Network for Youth (NNY)

Contact: Mishaela Duran, Director of Public Policy and Public Affairs, 202,783-7949 extension 3109, mduran@nn4youth.org

Web Address : www.nn4youth.org

The National Network for Youth is the leading advocacy organization for runaway and homeless families. NNY seeks to promote opportunities for growth and development for youth who face greater odds due to abuse, neglect, family conflicts and disconnection from family, lack of resources, discrimination, differing abilities, or other life challenges. NNY achieves this through advocacy on national policy related to at-risk youth and the provision of training, technical assistance, consultation services, and publications on the issue of supporting and protecting at-risk youth.

U.S. Department of Education, Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program

Contact : Gary Rutkin, Coordinator, 202-260-4412, gary.rutkin@ed.gov .

Web Address : www.ed.gov/programs/homeless/index.html

The Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program oversees the education of homeless children and youth in our nation's public schools, including the granting of McKinney-Vento funds and the monitoring of their usage. Program Coordinator Gary Rutkin, working with other Department officials and national partners, provides official guidance to states and school districts on implementing the McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act.