In 1987 President Reagan signed the McKinney-Vento Act into law. The McKinney-Vento Act is a federal mandate created to ensure students experiencing homelessness have the right to an equal and fair education. Stanislaus County Office of Education supports the McKinney-Vento Act by assisting school districts, families, and community agencies.
Quick Steps for Families Experiencing Homelessness
Quick Steps for Families Experiencing Homelessness (Housing and Shelter)
1. Contact Community Service Agency - Let your case/social worker know you and your family are experiencing homelessness. If you do not have a case/social worker go to CSA to sign up for aid and let them know you and your family are experiencing homelessness.
If you receive General Assistance such as cash aid, food stamps, or medi-cal from Community Services Agency (CSA), contact your case/social worker and let them know your family may be experiencing homelessness. They have programs for families who are experiencing homelessness, and will help provide resources and aid.
If you do not have a case/social worker, visit Community Service Agency, 251 Hackett Rd. Modesto, CA 95358. They will help in assisting you and your family with aid such as cash aid, food stamps, medi-cal, and see if you qualify for one of their homeless programs.
2. Contact other agencies that assist with shelter. Families are strongly encouraged to contact Family Promise, Modesto Gospel Mission, or Turlock Gospel Mission. When contacting these agencies and you reach their voice mail, leave a detailed message and include your name, phone number and any additional contact information.
3. Once you have made contact with these agencies, become familiar with food programs in our area by calling 2-1-1.(link is external)They will provide you with information about food programs or other important resources you can use.
4.Let the homeless liaison for your child’s school district know that your family is in transition. Every school district in Stanislaus County has a liaison assigned to assist families, children and youth experiencing homelessness or at-risk of becoming homeless. See our guide, What You Need to Know to Help Your Child in School for more information and tips.