Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth (TEHCY) Program

All Texas public schools, charter schools, and education services centers, collectively known as local education agencies (LEAs), must follow federal rules concerning the education of homeless students. These requirements are detailed in the McKinney-Vento Act

2022 TEHCY Program Summit

Creating Connections Building Bridges, 2022 TEHCY Program Summit, August 29-31, 2022. Join TEA and TNOYS for the 2022 TEHCY Program Summit




We are excited to announce the 2022 Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth (TEHCY) Program Summit, hosted in partnership with Texas Network of Youth Services (TNOYS). The summit will take place at the San Marcos Conference Center from Monday, August 29th through Wednesday, August 31st in-person and virtually. More information is available on the TEHCY Program Summit webpage.

Led by the theme Creating Connections, Building Bridges, the summit will inspire attendees to strengthen school and community partnerships in order to provide the necessary reinforcements for systems that uphold student success. The TEHCY Program Summit is an incredible learning opportunity for McKinney-Vento liaisons and other education professionals who have been working tirelessly to support students experiencing homelessness. Attendees will have the opportunity to build concrete skills, earn CEUs, learn from the expertise of professionals, and hear from youth and young adults who have experienced homelessness while in school.

Register Here

ARP Homeless II Federal Grant

The 2021-2024 ARP Homeless II Federal Grant application is now available in eGrants.

Visit the TEA Grants Opportunities page for detailed information about the 2021-2024 ARP Homeless II Federal Grant application, including allocations for eligible applicants. Search by the grant application name. Additional information on how to apply for a grant is available on the Applying for a Grant page.


TEA hosted a webinar to provide information on ARP Homeless II for prospective grantees. During this webinar, the TEA Grants Department provided an overview of the eGrant application and how to apply. Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program (TEHCY) Program staff reviewed the requirements for receiving funds, the timeline for submitting your application, and the allowable expenditures for grantees. 

ARP Homeless II Grant Information (PDF Presentation)

eGrant Application Process (PDF Presentation)

ARP Homeless II Webinar Recording

ARP Homeless II Program Guidelines

McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act - 16 Allowable Activities

McKinney-Vento Liaisons

Every Local Education Agency (LEA) must designate an appropriate staff person as a local homeless education/McKinney-Vento Liaison and submit that person's name to TEA. This information is to be submitted to the AskTED online directory by the LEA's AskTED administrator. AskTED is TEA's online Texas Education Directory (TED). AskTED is the database where the homeless education liaison's contact information is maintained.

The information in the TEHCY website directory is updated periodically from the AskTED directory. LEAs are no longer required to input this information directly to the TEHCY directory.

To learn how to use AskTED to access McKinney-Vento Liaison contact information directly, download the PDF instructions.





Phone #



Jessica Viacobo

School Counseling and Health Specialist


(956) 984-6015



Yvonne Benavides

Education Specialist- State & Federal Programs


(361) 561-8674

McKinney-Vento | State & Federal Programs (esc2.net)


Rosanne Wagner

Counselor Specialist


(361) 573-0731 ext. 138



LaShonda Evans

Education Specialist 


(713) 744-6380

McKinney-Vento TEHCY website link coming soon.


Brenda Thompson 

MV Liaison / Program Specialist


(409) 951-1877



Albert H. Archuleta

Education Specialist - Title I Part C Migrant, McKinney-Vento Liaison, and Foster Care  


(936) 435-8228



Leslie Dowdle



(903) 988-6904



Marilu Calixto

Migrant Specialist & McKinney-Vento Liaison


(903) 575-2668



Lacy Murphey

School Counseling Specialist


(940) 322-6928



Sonia Rhykerd

Homeless and Foster Care Consultant


(972) 348-1552



Lesley Cathey

REACH Project Team Lead


(817) 740-7709



Amberly Walker

Coordinator, Federal Programs


(254) 301-5391



Cheryl Myers

Education Specialist/ McKinney -Vento Liaison


(512) 919-5462



Tina Haywood

McKinney-Vento/Foster Care Consultant


(325) 675-8624



Carol Stevens

McKinney-Vento Homeless Liaison


(325) 481-4047



Miriam Lynch

Education Specialist - Homeless School Support Services


(806) 206-7378



Angie Watson

Education Specialist


(806) 281-5862



Angie Balderrama

Educational Consultant - Migrant & McKinney-Vento Homeless Liaison


(432) 567-3205



Manuel Aldaco

ESC Region 19 McKinney-Vento Liaison


(915) 780-5316



Karina Gonzalez

Consultant, Migrant Academic Counseling and Support Services


(210) 370-5773


McKinney-Vento 101 Resources

McKinney-Vento 101 Webinar - October 19, 2021 (YouTube Video)

McKinney-Vento 101 Webinar - October 19, 2021 (PDF)

Sample Student Residence Questionnaire (PDF)

Sample Intake Form (PDF)

Immunization Flow Chart (PDF)

Sample Transportation Letter (PDF)

Sample FAFSA Verification Form (PDF)

Dispute Resolution (PDF) 

Homeless Student Identification Data

Every LEA must identify students experiencing homelessness within their district. This process must be done regularly and in a way that is auditable. In Texas, most districts choose to use a student residency questionnaire to help determine whether or not students qualify as homeless under the McKinney-Vento Act. 

2018-2020 TEHCY Program Infographic (PDF)

2017-2019 TEHCY Program Infographic (PDF)

The Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth (TEHCY) Program Infographic summarizes identification and graduation data for students experiencing homelessness enrolled in Texas public schools for the 2018, 2019, and 2020 school years.

McKinney-Vento Posters

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has released new McKinney-Vento Posters.  There are two versions of the poster, one to assist parents of school-age youth and a second to assist unaccompanied youth.  The posters are available in both English and Spanish. 

Local Education Agencies (LEAs) can download the digital files below and post this information on their LEA homeless education program webpage.

LEAs should collaborate with their school staff and community partners (e.g. food pantries, faith-based organizations, local housing authorities, shelters, etc.) to share printed copies of this poster.  

McKinney-Vento Posters for Parents English Version

McKinney-Vento Posters for Parents Spanish Version

McKinney-Vento Posters for Youth English Version

McKinney-Vento Posters for Youth Spanish Version

    Homeless Student Enrollment

    Students who are experiencing homelessness are to be enrolled immediately. Districts cannot require students experiencing homelessness to provide proof of residency, immunizations, birth certificates guardianship documents, or any other sort of required paperwork before enrolling. Requiring missing paperwork or any other delay to enrollment is a violation of the McKinney-Vento Act. 

    Homeless Student School Determination

    Students who are experiencing homelessness have the right to attend school in their school of origin or in the school in the attendance area where the family or youth is currently residing. School of origin is defined as the school in which the child/youth was enrolled when they became homeless or the school in which the child/youth was last enrolled. The campus a child attends is determined by which campus can serve the best interests of the child. In Texas, a student experiencing homelessness may enroll in any district they choose, regardless of the location of their residence, school of origin, or attendance zone campus. 

    School Selection Provisions from the McKinney-Vento Act and the Texas Education Code

    Checklist for McKinney-Vento School Choice Considerations 

    Dispute Resolution

    Disagreements over school enrollment and best interest determinations must be resolved through the dispute resolution process. While in the dispute resolution process the child is entitled to attend the campus in question until the matter is resolved.


    Students experiencing homelessness have the right to transportation to their school of origin. This provision applies even if a student moves outside of the school of origins’ attendance zone or district boundaries. School of origin transportation must continue for the duration of the child’s homelessness or until the end of the school year in which a child becomes permanently housed.

    Title I Services

    Students experiencing homelessness who are not on a Title-I campus are eligible to receive Title-I services. These services are provided at the discretion of the LEA through existing Title-I programs or through the use of Title-I, Part A set-aside funds for students who are not on Title-I campuses. Students on Title-I campuses may receive additional supplemental services to the services being provided on their campus through the Title-I, Part A set-asides as well. Services may include personal school supplies, items of clothing that are necessary to meet a school’s dress requirement, immunizations, supplemental counseling services, tutoring, costs associated with credit recovery, or other similar activities to address a child’s opportunity for school success. 



    For more information about homeless students, services, and opportunities, please visit the Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth website.

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    Contact Information

    Cal Lopez

    McKinney-Vento Homeless Education State Coordinator

    (512) 463-9017

    Jordan Brown

    TEHCY Program Specialist

    (512) 463-9467

    Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth (TEHCY) Program
    Highly Mobile and At-Risk Student Programs Division