McKinney Vento Act

Homeless Assistance

GCSC provides services to students and families experiencing homelessness aligned with the McKinney-Vento Act. The McKinney-Vento Act ensures immediate enrollment and educational stability for homeless students.

The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless as an individual who lacks a fixed, regular, adequate nighttime residence. Any displaced child or youth who is residing temporarily with family or friends due to economic hardship or loss of housing, or is living in a shelter, motel or campgrounds, or is couch surfing.

Children and youth in transition who fit the McKinney-Vento definition have certain rights, including:

  • Immediate enrollment, even if they lack the documents needed at the time of enrollment.
  • Free meals and textbooks.
  • Assistance with retrieval of immunization records and birth certificates
  • Transportation to and from the school of origin.
  • Referrals to community resources (i.e., counseling, medical, dental and mental health referrals).
  • FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) verification letters.
  • Participation in before and after-school programs.
  • School uniforms and school supplies.
  • Cap and gowns for graduating seniors.

If you meet the criteria above, please contact (219)881-5466

    Local LEA: Mrs. Tennille Foster-Milsap



    State Contact: Flora Jones

    Director of Student Pathways & Opportunities


    State Contact: Charie Gibson 

    Homeless Education Specialist


    Request Transportation services during enrollment or contact the transportation department to be routed.