Homeless Students / McKinney-Vento Act
Wayland Union 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.
Local Liaison: Laurie Zywiczynski, 269-792-9153
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
Allegan County Community Mental Health
Homeless Assistance Programs
Project Hope of NE Allegan County 616-681-4673
Project Hope Services
Christian Neighbors of Wayland 269-792-2870
Housing & Utility/Job & Support/Crisis Assistance:
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. English and Spanish speaking operators available 24 hours a day.
2-1-1 is a great starting point for youth needing emergency shelter. They can connect you with The Bridge or the ARK .