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Homeless Education Program: Training & Technical Assistance

November is Homeless Awareness Month

The Homeless Education Program invited OSSE employees, community-based organizations, LEA, and school-based homeless liaisons to attend the “Community-Based Organization’s Programs and Services to Support Students and Families Experiencing Homelessness” panel presentation for Homeless Awareness Month.

Housing Counseling Services, Inc.:

A Wider Circle:

The Wanda Alston Foundation:


MKV Monthly Webinars

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s (OSSE’s) Homeless Education Program invites McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (MKV), subject matter experts, to present on a variety of topics that impact students and families experiencing homelessness. These one-hour monthly webinars are available to homeless liaisons, local education agency (LEA)/school-based staff, and community partners.

MKV monthly webinar presentations are usually scheduled for the second Wednesday of each month, between October 2023 and May 2024, from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Dec. 13, 2023
A Wider Circle aims to advance equity in the DC area by fostering the exchange of goods, skills, and connections from neighbor to neighbor, and by engaging in advocacy to address the root causes of poverty. This session will inform attendees about its free furniture and baby items bank, professional clothing and job seeker support programs, and innovative neighborhood drop-in center in Ward 8 offering an array of individual and group-based services.
Presentation Recording

Jan. 10, 2024
Safe Shores – DC Children Advocacy Center will provide attendees with information about survivor-centered services and support for children affected by abuse in DC and work to end child abuse and neglect.
Presentation Recording

March 13, 2024
LEA and school-based homeless liaisons are invited to attend the upcoming Homeless Education Program McKinney-Vento Monthly Webinar: SY23-24 MKV Dispute Resolution Policy Revisions Overview. This training will take place via Microsoft Teams on Wednesday, March 13, 2024, from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. This training will:

  • Provide an overview of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (MKV) requirements for dispute resolution.
  • Outline the most recent revisions to OSSE’s MKV Dispute Resolution Policy guidance and forms.
  • Identify when a dispute resolution appeal request can and cannot be granted to a parent, guardian, or unaccompanied youth.
  • Demonstrate appropriate strategies for determining dispute resolution eligibility and providing written notification.

Please register using this link. Once registered, attendees may use the following Teams link to join this webinar session.

March 20, 2024 (rescheduled from Feb. 14, 2024)
Educational Opportunity Center (EOC)/College Board will provide attendees with information on financial aid resources, career counseling, and other college-going guidance. There will updates from OSSE’s Postsecondary and Career Education about the DC TAG application and scholarship programs for the 2024-25 academic year. Register to here attend.

April 10, 2024
Housing Counseling Services, Inc. will share information with attendees on the following topics:

  • Resources for locating housing in Washington, D.C.
  • How to best present yourself to a landlord during the rental application process
  • Determining how much you can afford to pay in rent
  • Financial assistance and subsidized housing for renters in Washington, D.C.

Register here to attend.

May 8, 2024 (in-person at OSSE, Eleanor Holmes-Norton Conference Room)
The Homeless Education Program will inform the LEA and school-based homeless liaisons on procedures to close out the school year and prepare for SY24-25.
Register here to attend

Become an Ally Partner for DC Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness
Ally Partners are school-based employees who identify themselves as individuals to whom students experiencing homelessness can go to for help, without worrying about stigma or embarrassment. Ally Partners will collaborate with LEA and school-based homeless liaisons to ensure that McKinney-Vento guidelines are adhered to and protect the privacy of the student’s residency status. For more information about this program, visit the Become an Ally Partner for DC Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness webpage.

Additional Information
For additional information about the homeless education program, please select the links below.


Return to the Homeless Education Program’s main webpage.

Contact Us
For any additional questions, please contact Tasheen Stallings at [email protected].

The Homeless Education Program is administered by OSSE’s Office of Special Populations and Programs within the Division of Systems and Supports, K-12.

[Posted May 9, 2023]