Homeless Information for McNairy County Schools


District Contact: Lynda Walters

State Contact: Justin Singleton

Phone: 731-645-4191 615-253-3101

Email: waltersl@mcnairy.org

The McNairy County School district is committed to helping every family be successful regardless of where they live at the moment.


A family may qualify for our program if they lack a fixed, regular or adequate night-time residence.
If you live in a shelter, or transitional housing program, couch surf with friends or family because you do not have a house of your own, live in a motel or campground because you cannot find or afford housing or live in a car, abandoned building or a place not normally fit designed for sleeping, we are here to help. 

Because homeless children face many obstacles to an appropriate education, such as lack of transportation and resources, frequent school changes, loss of school records, and emotional stress, special programs are necessary.

The school district offers several services to our families in transitional housing, such as:

Assistance with school enrollment process and paperwork 

Help with school issues, questions or concerns 

Housing and community resource information 

Obtaining birth certificates, immunization records and school records

Referrals for dental, medical and mental health services 

School supplies and standard school clothing 

Special distribution events when available (food boxes, hygiene products, holiday toys, etc.) 

Transportation to school and school related events/activities on a case by case basis as funds permit

Tutoring services through after school programs

Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program

The Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program, authorized under the Title VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Act, was reauthorized in Dec. 2015 by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

All school districts are required to provide needed services to homeless children. The department receives funding for the program through the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Grant Program and distributes grants competitively to LEAs that have developed programs that document effective collaboration among school districts and service providers to ensure that homeless children in that district receive needed services.

The McKinney-Vento Act is designed to address the challenges that homeless children and youths have faced in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school with a strong emphasis on the importance of school stability for homeless children and youths. Changing schools multiple times significantly impedes a student’s academic and social growth. Therefore, the McKinney-Vento Act calls for school districts to maintain students in their school of origin to promote school stability and greater educational outcomes overall, unless it is not in the student’s best interest.

Under Subtitle B of Title VII of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, § 725, homeless children and youths means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence and includes:

children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss ofhousing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; or are abandoned in hospitals;

children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;

children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and 

migratory children (as defined in § 1309 of the ESSA) who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described in this definition.

In addition, the ESSA removed "awaiting foster care placement" from the definition of “homeless children and youths” December 10, 2016.


The Right to Dispute Process and other information can be found at: http://tn.gov/education/article/esea-title-ix