Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth (TEHCY) Program

All Texas public schools, charter schools, and education services centers, collectively known as local education agencies (LEAs), must follow federal rules concerning the education of homeless students. These requirements are detailed in the McKinney-Vento Act

ARP Homeless II Federal Grant

The 2021-2024 ARP Homeless II Federal Grant application is now available in eGrants.

Visit the TEA Grants Opportunities page for detailed information about the 2021-2024 ARP Homeless II Federal Grant application, including allocations for eligible applicants. Search by the grant application name. Additional information on how to apply for a grant is available on the Applying for a Grant page.

Webinar

TEA hosted a webinar to provide information on ARP Homeless II for prospective grantees. During this webinar, the TEA Grants Department provided an overview of the eGrant application and how to apply. Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program (TEHCY) Program staff reviewed the requirements for receiving funds, the timeline for submitting your application, and the allowable expenditures for grantees. 

McKinney-Vento Liaisons

Every Local Education Agency (LEA) must designate an appropriate staff person as a local homeless education/McKinney-Vento Liaison and submit that person's name to TEA. This information is to be submitted to the AskTED online directory by the LEA's AskTED administrator. AskTED is TEA's online Texas Education Directory (TED). AskTED is the database where the homeless education liaison's contact information is maintained.

The information in the TEHCY website directory is updated periodically from the AskTED directory. LEAs are no longer required to input this information directly to the TEHCY directory.

To learn how to use AskTED to access McKinney-Vento Liaison contact information directly, download the PDF instructions.

ESC

Name

Title

Email

Phone #

Webpage

1

Jessica Viacobo

School Counseling and Health Specialist

jviacobo@esc1.net

(956) 984-6015

https://www.esc1.net/Page/5984

2

Valarie Buhidar

Education Specialist- State & Federal Programs

valarie.buhidar@esc2.us

(361) 561-8612

McKinney-Vento | State & Federal Programs (esc2.net)

3

Rosanne Wagner

Counselor Specialist

rwagner@esc3.net

(361) 573-0731 ext. 138

https://www.esc3.net/Page/1487

4

LaShonda Evans

Education Specialist 

Lashonda.evans@esc4.net

(713) 744-6380

McKinney-Vento TEHCY website link coming soon.

5

Brenda Thompson 

MV Liaison / Program Specialist

brendat@esc5.net

(409) 951-1877

https://www.esc5.net/523260_3

6

Albert H. Archuleta

Education Specialist - Title I Part C Migrant, McKinney-Vento Liaison, and Foster Care  

aarchuleta@esc6.net 

(936) 435-8228

https://www.esc6.net/472298_3

7

Leslie Dowdle

Specialist

ldowdle@esc7.net

(903) 988-6904

McKinney-Vento – Federal Programs – ESC Region 7 (esc7.net)

8

Marilu Calixto

Migrant Specialist & McKinney-Vento Liaison

mcalixto@reg8.net

(903) 575-2668

https://sites.google.com/reg8.net/region-8-tehcy/home

9

Lacy Murphey

School Counseling Specialist

lacy.murphey@esc9.net

(940) 322-6928

Region 9 ESC - McKinney-Vento – Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program (esc9.net)

10

Sonia Rhykerd

Homeless and Foster Care Consultant

sonia.rhykerd@region10.org

(972) 348-1552

Homeless & Foster Care - Region 10 Website

11

Lesley Cathey

REACH Project Team Lead

lcathey@esc11.net

(817) 740-7709

https://www.esc11.net/Page/4366

12

Amber Loubiere

Education Specialist, McKinney-Vento Liaison, Federal Programs

amber.loubiere@esc12.net

(254) 297-1226 

https://www.esc12.net/page/fp_McKinney_Homeless

13

Cheryl Myers

Education Specialist/ McKinney -Vento Liaison

cheryl.myers@esc13.txed.net

(512) 919-5462

https://esc13.net/special-populations/homeless-education

14

Tina Haywood

McKinney-Vento/Foster Care Consultant

thaywood@esc14.net

(325) 675-8624

https://sites.google.com/esc14.net/esc14mckinneyvento/home

15

Carol Stevens

McKinney-Vento Homeless Liaison

carol.stevens@esc15.net

(325) 481-4047

https://www.esc15.net/Domain/111

16

Miriam Lynch

Education Specialist - Homeless School Support Services

miriam.lynch@esc16.net

(806) 206-7378

Education Service Center 16 (esc16.net)

17

Angie Watson

Education Specialist

awatson@esc17.net

(806) 281-5862

https://www.esc17.net/page/ca.tehcy

18

Paul Hidalgo

Educational Consultant for State and Federal Programs

paul.hidalgo@esc18.net

(432) 567-3225

https://www.esc18.net/apps/pages/title-I-part-A-homeless-fostercare

19

Manuel Aldaco

ESC Region 19 McKinney-Vento Liaison

mdaldaco@esc19.net

(915) 780-5316

https://www.esc19.net/Domain/123

20

Karina Gonzalez

Consultant, Migrant Academic Counseling and Support Services

Karina.gonzalez@esc20.net

(210) 370-5773

https://www.esc20.net/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1669742&type=d&pREC_ID=1820382

McKinney-Vento 101 Resources

Homeless Student Identification Data

Every LEA must identify students experiencing homelessness within their district. This process must be done regularly and in a way that is auditable. In Texas, most districts choose to use a student residency questionnaire to help determine whether or not students qualify as homeless under the McKinney-Vento Act. 

The Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth (TEHCY) Program Infographic summarizes identification and graduation data for students experiencing homelessness enrolled in Texas public schools for the 2018, 2019, and 2020 school years.

McKinney-Vento Posters

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has released new McKinney-Vento Posters.  There are two versions of the poster, one to assist parents of school-age youth and a second to assist unaccompanied youth.  The posters are available in both English and Spanish. 

Local Education Agencies (LEAs) can download the digital files below and post this information on their LEA homeless education program webpage.

LEAs should collaborate with their school staff and community partners (e.g. food pantries, faith-based organizations, local housing authorities, shelters, etc.) to share printed copies of this poster.  

Homeless Student Enrollment

Students who are experiencing homelessness are to be enrolled immediately. Districts cannot require students experiencing homelessness to provide proof of residency, immunizations, birth certificates guardianship documents, or any other sort of required paperwork before enrolling. Requiring missing paperwork or any other delay to enrollment is a violation of the McKinney-Vento Act. 

Homeless Student School Determination

Students who are experiencing homelessness have the right to attend school in their school of origin or in the school in the attendance area where the family or youth is currently residing. School of origin is defined as the school in which the child/youth was enrolled when they became homeless or the school in which the child/youth was last enrolled. The campus a child attends is determined by which campus can serve the best interests of the child. In Texas, a student experiencing homelessness may enroll in any district they choose, regardless of the location of their residence, school of origin, or attendance zone campus. 

Dispute Resolution

Disagreements over school enrollment and best interest determinations must be resolved through the dispute resolution process. While in the dispute resolution process the child is entitled to attend the campus in question until the matter is resolved.

Transportation

Students experiencing homelessness have the right to transportation to their school of origin. This provision applies even if a student moves outside of the school of origins’ attendance zone or district boundaries. School of origin transportation must continue for the duration of the child’s homelessness or until the end of the school year in which a child becomes permanently housed.

Title I Services

Students experiencing homelessness who are not on a Title-I campus are eligible to receive Title-I services. These services are provided at the discretion of the LEA through existing Title-I programs or through the use of Title-I, Part A set-aside funds for students who are not on Title-I campuses. Students on Title-I campuses may receive additional supplemental services to the services being provided on their campus through the Title-I, Part A set-asides as well. Services may include personal school supplies, items of clothing that are necessary to meet a school’s dress requirement, immunizations, supplemental counseling services, tutoring, costs associated with credit recovery, or other similar activities to address a child’s opportunity for school success. 

 

For more information about homeless students, services, and opportunities, please visit the Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth website.

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Contact Information

Cal Lopez

McKinney-Vento Homeless Education State Coordinator

(512) 463-9017

Jordan Brown

TEHCY Program Specialist

(512) 463-9467


Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth (TEHCY) Program
Highly Mobile and At-Risk Student Programs Division
HomelessEducation@tea.texas.gov