McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Services

Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Deneen Guss, County Superintendent of Schools

Homeless Services

The County Office of Education Homeless Student Liaison facilitates a network of district Homeless Student Liaisons that works together to develop common forms and compatible protocols for identifying and serving students in transitional living situations, as well as training modules for delivery in districts. The MCOE Homeless Student Liaison provides training and technical assistance to individual districts and schools. The position is required by CDE.

A District Liaison acts as a link between family, shelter, school system and community resources to coordinate educational services for homeless students. The Liaison renews and/or develops an awareness and sensitivity to the needs of homeless children and youth among school system and community services personnel. The ultimate role of the Liaison is to eliminate barriers to school enrollment, attendance and academic success for each child.

Monterey County Facts 2019-2020

  • 77,923 Students Enrolled in School

  • 9,477 Qualified as Homeless

  • 8,590 Were Doubled-Up

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  • 266 Lived in Hotels or Motels

  • 239 Lived in Shelters

  • 382 Were Unsheltered

Rights of Eligible Children and Youth

  • Right to Immediate Enrollment
  • Right to remain in school of origin
  • Right to receive transportation to and from the school of origin
  • Right to receive supports for academic success

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Who Qualifies for Services?

Students who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence which includes:

  • Shared housing due to loss of housing or economic hardship
  • Living in cars, parks, RV park, campsite, or similar location
  • Living in a hotel or motel
  • Living in a homeless shelter or transitional housing
  • Living in a residence with inadequate facilities, e.g., no water, no heat, no electricity, no plumbing, or infestation.
  • Living in an encampment or on the street
  • Living in a shed or unconverted garage
  • Migratory children living in the above circumstances
  • Unaccompanied Minors, i.e, children and youth, not in the physical custody or a parent or court-appointed guardian.


Donna Smith, Ed.D.

Homeless Services Coordinator
Phone: 831.755.0300 x129

Gloria Ramos

Educational Liaison
Phone: 831.755.0300 x667

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