Federal Program Services » McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

Donald Tosh, BISD Homeless Assistance Liaison
830-460-3890 ext. 2004
The McKinney-Vento program addresses the problems that homeless children and youth have faced in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school. Under this program, Bandera ISD must ensure that each homeless child and youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education—including a public preschool education—as other children and youth. Bandera ISD must ensure homeless students have access to the services they are entitled to so they are empowered to achieve the same state academic standards required of all students. Homeless children and youth should be integrated into the student body at large and may not be separated from the mainstream school environment. States and districts are required to review and undertake steps to revise laws, regulations, practices, or policies that may act as a barrier to the enrollment, attendance, or success in school of homeless children and youth. 

Students who lack a fixed, regular or adequate nighttime shelter or live in any of the conditions below may qualify for support services as a displaced student:  


  • In a shelter (family shelter, domestic violence shelter, youth shelter, or transitional living program); 
  • In a motel, hotel, or in weekly-rate housing;
  • In a house or apartment with more than one family because of economic hardship or loss;
  • In temporary foster care or with an adult who is not the student’s parent or legal guardian;
  • In substandard housing (no electricity, no water, and/or no heat); or
  • With friends or family because the student is a runaway or an unaccompanied youth.


If your school age children are experiencing any of these difficulties, please contact the District’s Homeless Liaison to discuss how Bandera ISD can help support students during this COVID-19 time period.