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McKinney-Vento Act - Families in Transition

The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless as children lacking a fixed, regular, and adequate residence. If any one of the three conditions is missing, the child is considered homeless.

  • Fixed: Stationary, permanent, not subject to change
  • Regular: Used on a regular (nightly) basis
  • Adequate: Sufficient for meeting both the physical and psychological needs typically met in home environments
Benefits to Students
  • Coordinate services between students, families and community agencies
  • Provide transportation for eligible students to the school of origin
  • Provide school supplies
  • Provide tutorials as needed
  • Provide credit recovery opportunities to eligible secondary students
*Please contact Tiffany Carwell, Westwood ISD McKinney-Vento Liaison, if you need assistance or further information. 
Community Resources
Please click the following link and type in your zip code for a list of local community resources for several different needs.
Hope Station 
A Christian Homeless Transitional Ministry. Hope Station is a non-profit with the mission to change lives.
1919 South Magnolia St.
Palestine, TX 75802
Crisis Center of Cherokee and Anderson Counties
The Crisis Center's mission is to enrich and empower the lives of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.
313 West Debard
Palestine, TX 75801
Confidential Hotline 1-800-232-8519
East Texas Food Bank - Anderson County (Palestine Locations)
*Be sure to call ahead to verify hours of operation and days of distribution.
First Resource Center (Pantry & Produce)
801 N. Sycamore
Palestine Community Food Pantry (Pantry)
1434 Court Dr
St. Vincent de Paul - (Pantry)
503 N. Queen
Region 7 Education Service Center - McKinney-Vento webpage