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Education for Homeless Students


For anyone experiencing homelessness or in need of food, here are some resources to contact.  offers a list of schools offering free breakfast and lunch meals. While the school buildings are closed. Select ‘meal pickup locations’ and enter an address to find the nearest location.


Additional resources to assist families with locating food pantries and food banks in our area include:      (Faith in Action) This  gives a list of local food pantries. This has a list of social services available in our area.




McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvement Act

The federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvement Act and Texas State law (Texas Education Code Chapter 25) protect the right for homeless children and youth to receive a free and appropriate public education.

Homelessness includes children and youth who are living with a friend, relative or someone else because they lost their home or can't afford housing, children and youth who are staying in a motel or hotel due to lack of adequate alternative accommodations, children and youth who are living in an emergency or transitional shelter or a domestic violence shelter. It also includes children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations or many other similar settings.

Under the law, no student shall be stigmatized by school personnel due to homelessness. Homeless students are guaranteed rights pertaining to the food and nutrition program as well as transportation to and from school. 

If you know of a student who may be considered homeless or unaccompanied, please contact the Homeless Liaison listed below. If you believe there a reason to dispute the identification, please contact the liaison below.  MISD will work promptly to help settle any disputes as outlined in school board policy. 

Laurie Holcombe

Director of Special Programs

(903) 489-1387 ext 1825 (phone) 

(903) 489-1389 (fax)


The following are local resources and programs located near the Malakoff Independent School District: