McKinney-Vento Homeless Act

  • The McKinney-Vento Act is a Federal Law that ensures the right of students to go to school even when they are homeless or don’t have a permanent address. The Act aims to reduce barriers that have prevented many homeless youth from enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school.

  • In a shelter, motel, vehicle, or campground?  We can help.  Please view: Assistance Brochure

  • Mattawan Area Pantry (food support):  269.459.3088
    Supplies for Success (clothing and school supplies) and WildPaks (weekend food packs) – Contact Building Point of Contact above.

  • Loaves and Fishes (food)
    901 Portage Street,
    Kalamazoo 269.343.3663

  • Kalamazoo Valley Family Church (food)
    2500 Vincent Avenue, Portage

  • Calvary Bible Church (clothing)
    55 South Drake Road, Kalamazoo

  • Calvary Reformed Church/Jody’s Closet (clothing)
    7829 South 5th Street, Mattawan

  • United Way Kalamazoo/Van Buren Counties (multiple supports, including housing)
    Dial 211

  • Salvation Army (multiple supports)
    1700 South Burdick, Kalamazoo


  • Kim Porco, District McKinney-Vento (Homeless) Liaison
    269-668-3361 Ext 1772
    Email: Homeless Liaison

    Julie Cartier, Early Childhood Education Center and Early Elementary
    269-668-3361 Ext 1673

    Amy Smith-Owens, Later Elementary
    269-668-3361 Ext 1596

    Nikki Douglass, Middle School
    269-668-3361 Ext 1427

    Alaina Scott, High School
    269-668-3361 Ext 1293
    Lindsey Mechalik
    Student in Transition Educational Program (STEP) Specialist
    269-668-3361 Ext 1213