Homeless / 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, 269-792-9208 ext. 2488

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


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Allegan Homeless Solutions

Allegan County Food Pantry Collaborative

The Ark Youth Services and Outreach

Emergency Broadband Assistance COVID

On Point LogoOn Point Housing Assistance Program 
Email: housing@onpointallegan.org

ACHD Community Links

Homeless Assistance Programs,  Allegan County
269-686-4703 (HARA)

Project Hope of NE Allegan County 616-681-4673
PDF DocumentProject Hope Services
Christian Neighbors of Wayland 269-792-2870

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. 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 .

Where to Find Food Assistance

PDF DocumentReferral Process for Agencies

PDF DocumentReferral Form for Agencies