McKinney-Vento Homeless Education
Helping Families in Transition
If you lost your housing and now live in a shelter, motel, vehicle, camping ground, or temporary trailer; on the street; doubled-up with family or friends; or in another type of temporary or inadequate housing, your child may be eligible to receive help through a federal law called the McKinney-Vento Act
Falmouth Public Schools Homeless Liaison:
Dr. Joan Woodward
Director of Student Services
(508) 548-0151 extension 143
Under the McKinney–Vento Act, children in homeless situations have the right to:
- Go to school, no matter where they live or how long they have lived there.
- Attend either a local school or the school of origin, if this is in their best interest; the school of origin is the school the child attended when he/she was permanently housed or the school in which the child was last enrolled.
- Receive transportation to and from the school of origin.
- Enroll in school immediately even if missing records and documents normally required for enrollment, such as birth certificate, proof of residence, previous school records, or immunization/medical records.
- Enroll, attend classes, and participate fully in all school activities while the school gathers records.
- Have access to the same programs and services that are available to all other students, including transportation, and attend school with children not experiencing homelessness. A school cannot exclude a student because he/she is homeless.
Falmouth Community Resources
- Food Pantry: 508-548-2794 Falmouth Service Center at 611 Gifford Street, Falmouth
- SNAP (Food Stamps): 1-508-862-6600
E.H.S Service Center or 508-548-2794
Falmouth Service Center for appointment or 508-548-0533 Falmouth Human Services for information
- Free Meal: St. Barnabas Parish House, 91 Main Street, Falmouth, serving lunch
- Fuel Assistance: 1-508-746-6707 South Shore Community Action or 508-548-2794 Falmouth Service Center for appointment
- Utilities Assistance: 508-548-2794 Falmouth Service Center for appointment
- Housing Assistance: 508-548-1977 Falmouth Housing Authority or 1-508-771-
5400 Housing Assistance Corporation or 508-548-0533 Falmouth Human Services
- Health Insurance: 508-495-7157 Falmouth Hospital Financial Services
(Forms also available at Falmouth Human Services)
- Elder Services: 508-540-0196 Falmouth Senior Center or 1-800-244-4630 Elder Services of Cape Cod
- Veterans Services: 508-495-7450 Falmouth
- Employment Services/Unemployment Benefits: 1-508-771-5627 Career
- Social Security Office: 1-855-881-0212
- Financial Assistance Programs: 1-508-862-6600 MA Department of
Transitional Assistance (Programs for families, elderly and disabled)
- Anonymous Mental Health Selfassessment: www.falmouthhumanservices.org
- Crisis Response: 1-800-322-1356 Dept. of Mental Health Crisis Team or 1-800-513-4728
- Falmouth Human Service 508-548-548-0533 Counseling and support services to help with stress, anxiety or life’s difficulties.
If you know of a family or student who may be eligible for services through the McKinney-Vento Act, please contact the Office of Pupil Personnel Services at (508)548-0151 x 143
HOMELESS CRISIS HOTLINE: