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McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

Karen McCarthy
Title I Coordinator


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McKinney-Vento is the primary piece of federal legislation dealing with the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness in U.S. public schools. It was reauthorized as Title X, Part C, of the No Child Left Behind Act in January 2002.

  • Homeless students have a right to either remain in their school of origin or to attend school where they are temporarily residing;
  • Students who choose to remain in their school of origin have the right to remain there until the end of the school year in which they get permanent housing;
  • Students who choose to enroll in school where they are temporarily residing must be enrolled immediately, even if they do not bring the records usually required for enrollment with them; and
  • If a homeless student arrives without records, the school district's designated Homeless Education Liaison must assist the family and contact the previously attended school system to obtain the required records.

For more information on the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Program, contact the U.S. Department of Education, Student Achievement and School Accountability Programs (SASA), Office of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Website: .

Brockton Public Schools has created this web page to provide resources to families needing assistance. The resources are divided into 4 categories: Education, Health, Housing & Shelter and Family & Community Resources.

Massachusetts Coalition for The Homeless 1-866-205-1770 x 100


Grades K-8 Brockton Public Schools Registration
Parent Information Center
43 Crescent Street, Lower Level, Brockton, MA

NAEHCY: National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth

NCHE: additional information and resources on providing assistance for schools serving displaced students

Horizons for Homeless Children: training & technical assistance workshops for educators and administrators working with young homeless children and their families

School on Wheels of Massachusetts: an organization whose mission is to educate children impacted by homelessness by providing academic support and one-on-one mentoring so children can reach their full potential

CHOICES: a program at Massasoit Community College for transitional assistance and low-income individuals



HealthNet: Health Insurance Information

Brockton Neighborhood Health Center
63 Main Street, Brockton, MA 02301

Mental Health Services: Emergency Services
Brockton Multi-service Crisis Unit

Domestic Violence
Safelink Hotline: 1-877-785-2020
Women's Place: 508-588-2041
Brockton Family & Community Resources: 508-583-2045 




Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance - click on "Resources"

Project Place Gatehouse: a supportive community that promotes hope and opportunity for homeless and low income individuals by providing the skills, education and resources needed to obtain stable employment and housing. 

Housing Assistance
     Helpline, 47 W. Elm St., Brockton, MA 508-584-4357


Department of Transitional Assistance
75 Commercial Street, Brockton, MA

DTA Client Services

Social Security Administration
166 Main Street, Brockton, MA
508-427-5386 Hours: M-F 9am-4pm

MELD Program: Moms aged 13-25, one child under 3

MSPCC Good Start Program

Young Parent Program

Early Intervention
     BAMSI 508-586-9855
     MSPCC 1-800-339-2204
     South Bay 1-800-244-4691

Housing Assistance
     Helpline, 47 W. Elm St., Brockton, MA 508-584-4357


Food Stamp Info 1-800-249-2007

Food Source Hotline 1-800-645-8333

Food Pantries: Brockton, MA
     Catholic Charities, 686 N. Main St., 508-587-0815 M-F 10-2pm
     Charity Guild, 501 N. Main St., 508-583-5280 M-Th 10-2pm (clothing also available)
     Mainspring, 54 N. Main St., 508-587-5441  Wed. 10-2pm
     Salvation Army, 216 Centre St., 508-583-1896, Tue-Fri 1-3pm
     Torn Veil Church of God, 105 Pleasant St., 508-583-1896 Tue-Thur 10-2pm
     Trinity Baptist Church, 1376 Main St., 508-588-4668 Wed. 4-6pm
     David Louison Center, 137 Newbury St., 508-584-4315, Thurs. 10-2pm
     Assembly of God, 199 Warren Ave., 508-583-7222 Fri. 10-12pm
     My Brother's Keeper, 508-238-4416, Tue.-Fri. 12:30-4pm (Calls only; no messages)


St. Paul's, 80 Pleasant St., Brockton 508-587-0877, Mon-Sat, LUNCH, 12-1:30pm

795 Pleasant Street, Brockton 508-588-8241



The Dianne DeVanna Center: for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect

Brockton Family & Community Resources, Inc : provides free, confidential services to child, adolescent and adult victims of trauma 508-583-6498

BAMSI: Brockton Area Multi Services 508-580-8700

MSPCC: array of mental health & support services 508-586-2660

United Way Hotline:  2-1-1

SelfHelp, Inc: 800-225-0875

Referral Contacts:
     DOR, Child Support Enforcement, 1-800-332-2733
     DTA Recipient Services, 1-800-445-6604
     DCF, 1-800-795-5200 or 1-800-KIDS-508
     Early Intervention, 1-800-905-8437
     Legal Assistance, 1-800-244-9023
     Parents Helping Parents, 1-800-882-1250
     Parental Stress Line, 1-800-632-8188
     SouthBay Mental Health, 1-800-244-4691
     MSPCC, 508-586-2660
     Brockton WIC, 508-588-8241
     Boys & Girls Club, 508-586-3503
     YMCA, 508-587-4242


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