McKinney-Vento Provider Training, Sept. 22, 2022

Hello members, Thanks to all that took precious time away from their busy days to attend our McKinney-Vento Provider Training! In this two-hour training, we covered many topics, which we will recap below, and have also included our presentation slides. What is the McKinney-Vento Program? Who does it serve? We were lucky enough to have program offerings and eligibility explained by Kayla Blau, who has worked in the Seattle Public Schools McKinney-Vento program office, Sammie Iverson, who worked as a homeless student liaison and myself, who was a McKinney-Vento student. McKinney-Vento is a federal program allocated through every school district in the U.S. It is designed to act as an advocacy hub for youth experiencing homelessness attending a K-12 school, who need unique supports to remain in school and attain academic goals. Major takeaways include: Students are deemed homeless if they lack fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This includes students who are undocumented and youth you are no longer minors but still attending a K-12 school Youth experiencing homelessness are entitled to immediate enrollment in school Youth have the right to attend their school of origin, or the last school they attended when they were last stably housed Schools are obligated to facilitate and fund transportation to a youth’s school of choice and should consider creative options to make sure that youth’s needs are met Unaccompanied minors have recently gained new legal protections, such as primary health care and access to state ID cards without parent or guardian consent. The Coalition on Homelessness was also joined by passionate youth-serving organization providers, who provide important advocacy and direct service for youth experiencing homelessness. Team Child Youth experiencing homelessness experience major barriers that can lead to legal challenges, such as truancy, detention, and having unmet needs at school or in their …

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September 2022 Membership Meeting Recap

Welcome back, members! As we hold out first General Membership Meeting since July, we hope our providers have enjoyed the last few weeks of summer and get geared up for exciting client and provider developments in September and beyond. Below is a recap of our September General Membership Meeting, as well as some timely membership announcements. Seattle Parks Funding Raised by Executive Director Alison Eisinger, the Coalition is following closely Seattle’s Metropolitan Parks District proposal (aka the Parks Levy), which will double funding for Seattle parks. The Coalition values the role of parks for all community members and supports increased funding to maintain these spaces, however we are concerned by the proposed increase of Park Rangers that could lead to increased policing in parks, which will uniquely affect our neighbors experiencing homelessness who spend time in parks. We want to ensure that these vital shared public spaces are accessible to and welcoming of all community members, especially those who are most vulnerable. And we want to ensure that our tax dollars are used to provide basic amenities and improve all people’s park experiences with increased access to water fountains, garbage collection, and accessible bathrooms year-round. We anticipate the Seattle City Council to vote on this measure shortly and will share updates on how to voice your opinion soon! KCRHA’s 5-Year Plan Alexis Mercedes-Rinck from the King County Regional Homelessness Authority presented the agency’s 5-Year Plan! Highlights include the definition of high-level systems goals and more specific objectives, including reducing racial disproportionalities for those experiencing unsheltered homelessness and consolidating homelessness response systems. Additionally, service providers and other community stakeholders have the opportunity to provide feedback on the 5-Year Plan via involvement in a workgroup. To get involved, complete this form. You can review the full 5-Year Plan below: Homeless Service Provider …

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