Homeless Services

McKinney-Vento Act

The McKinney-Vento Act is federal legislation that has been in effect since 1987 to support children and youth experiencing homelessness. The McKinney-Vento Act defines “homeless children and youth” as individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. The intent of the McKinney-Vento Act is to ensure that homeless children and youth enroll and succeed in school

Do you know a student who is...

  • Staying in an emergency/transitional shelter, or waiting for foster care placement
  • Doubled up with friends or relatives because of loss of housing or as a result of economic hardship
  • Living in a car, park, campground, public space, substandard housing (w/o running water or electricity)
  • In a motel/hotel due to loss of housing, economic hardship
  • Unaccompanied Youth/Runaway
  • In another location that is not appropriate for people, such as an abandoned building

They have a right to...

  • Get help with enrolling in school from the district liaison or other school contacts to continue academic success
  • Continue in the school they attended (referred to as the school of origin) before they became homeless or the school they last attended, if that is the parent’s choice and is feasible
  • Get transportation to and from school of origin
  • Receive free school meals
  • Receive additional services such as ELL, Special Education, Title I, preschool, Elementary Advanced
  • Program (EAP), career/technical education​​​​


Contact Us

Ana Foy
McKinney-Vento District Liaison

Rick Ferrell
Director of Student Services


Northshore Administrative Center
3330 Monte Villa Parkway
Bothell, WA 98021


Resources for Homeless Students


  • Food, emergency housing, ELL, job training
  • 11011 120th AVE NE, Kirkland,WA 98033
  • 425-889-7880
  • Website

Friends of Youth

  • Family resources center campus
  • 16225NE87th ST, Suite A-6, Redmond, WA 98052
  • 425-869-6490
  • Website

Emergency Overnight Shelter

  • 24 hour hotline
  • 206-236-KIDS (5437)
  • Ages 11-17

The Landing (YMCA Bellevue)

  • 425-449-3868
  • Ages 18-24

DSHS – King County

  • Emergency services, basic needs, employment help, etc.
  • 805156th AVE NE, N 40-1, Bellevue, WA 98007
  • 1-877-501-2233
  • Website

Salvation Army

  • Homeless, abused, disadvantaged
  • 2525 Rucker AVE, Everett, WA 98201
  • 425-259-8129
  • Website

Northshore Public Health

  • Women, Infant, Children Program – WIC
  • Nutritional Services
  • 10808 NE 145th ST, Bothell, WA 98011-5226
  • 206-29-9787
  • Website

Evergreen Healthcare Access

  • Contact: Cheri Green to make an appointment
  • 425-899-3211
  • Website

Eastside Legal Clinic

  • Volunteer attorneys who will meet with you for 30 minutes for free
  • 206-267-7070

Eastside Legal Assistance Program

  • 425-747-7274


Hotlines & Other Resources

  • Eastside Domestic Violence – 425-746-1940 (24 hour crisis line)
  • Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County – 425-252-2873 (24 hour hotline)
  • WA State Coalition Against Domestic Violence – 206-389-2515
  • King County Crisis Line – 206-461-3222
  • Spanish or Russian speaking only – 425-747-1663
  • Transportation needs – 425-943-6769 (Hopelink – mobility outreach)
  • Computer Literacy – 425-943-7568 or 943-7567 (Hopelink)