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Services for Homeless Students

All students, regardless economic situation or living arrangement, have a right to an education. Putnam City Public Schools believes in providing students in our community with a quality education and we will work with you to ensure that your child has the necessary resources to succeed.
Your school-age children may qualify for certain rights and protections under the federal McKinney-Vento Act if your family lives in any of the following situations:
A shelter, a motel, or campground due to the lack of an alternative adequate accommodation
A car, park, abandoned building, or bus or train station
Doubled up with other people due to loss of housing or economic hardship

McKinney-Vento Information

What is meant by the term “homeless children and youth?”
The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children and youth as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. The term includes:
Children and youth who are:
  1. Sharing the housing of others due to Loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason (sometimes referred to as doubled-up);
  2. Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations;
  3. Living in emergency or transitional shelters;
  4. Abandoned in hospitals;
  5. Children and youth who have a Primary nighttime residence that is a Public or private place that is not designed for, or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.
  6. Children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings;
  7. Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above.
Under the McKinney-Vento Act, eligible children and youth have the right to:
  1. Attend their school of origin, if this is in the student’s best interest, or the local attendance area school. The school of origin is the school the student attended before losing housing or the school the student last attended.
  2. Enroll in the new local school immediately, even if lacking documentation normally required for enrollment, such as previous school records, immunization or medical records, birth certificate, proof of residency, or proof of guardianship, or other documents.
  3. The terms “enroll” and “enrollment” includes attending classes and participating fully in all school activities.
  4. Have access to the same programs and services that are available to all other students, including transportation, before and after school programs, counseling services, Title I programs, special education services if the child has a disability, bilingual, vocational, gifted and talented programs, free school breakfast and lunch.
For more information or to make a referral for homeless student services, please contact:
Ashley Thomas
Homeless Liaison
(405) 491-7631, ext. 1633

Students who are currently displaced and homeless may qualify for the following services:
  • ACT fees
  • School clothing assistance
  • Backpacks
  • School supply assistance
  • Afterschool program fees
  • Senior dues
  • Birth certificate obtainment
  • Free breakfast & lunch
  • Hygiene items
  • Student advocacy
  • Graduation fees
  • Community referrals
  • Enrollment assistance
  • Transportation to the school of origin


Helpful Links:

Community Agencies
American Red Cross    228-9500
Carolyn Williams Center    604-9442
Catholic Charities    523-3000
City County Health Dept.    427-8651
City Rescue Mission    232-2709
Community Action    232-0199
Embark (bus)    235-7433
Ground Floor    465-2851
Guild of St George    232-2266
Healing Hands    272-0476
Homeless Alliance    415-8410
Infant Crisis Center    528-3663
Legal Aid    1-888-534-5243
Neighborhood Services    236-0413
OKC Day Shelter    415-8500
Salvation Army    246-1080
Skyline Urban Ministries 632-2644
Travelers Aid  232-5507
Wonderfully Made Foundation  778-6870
Youth Services for OK Co.  235-7537
YWCA Oklahoma City Gaylord Emergency Shelter,  948-1770