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Homeless Support

Currently, for the 2022-2023 school year, 603 students have experienced homelessness in Roanoke City Public Schools. Through the federal McKinney-Vento Program, RCPS is able to provide support for students and families who are experiencing housing instability.  

Homelessness can take on many different forms. Some students live in shelters. Others live in hotels or are doubling up with family or friends. Simply put, a student who is experiencing homelessness doesn't have a permanent residence or the stability that comes with a place to call home.

Roanoke City Public Schools is committed to providing support to students experiencing homelessness. We provide programs to assist with and help maintain a successful academic experience for all students.

Your child can enroll in school even if you have uncertain, temporary housing or no permanent physical address.

The federal McKinney-Vento Act guarantees school enrollment for anyone who lacks fixed, regular, or adequate housing, such as:

  • Emergency shelters
  • Transitional housing
  • Motels, hotels, campgrounds, etc.
  • Cars, parks, public places, bus/train stations, or abandoned buildings
  • Relatives or friends due to loss of housing or economic hardship

Examples of ways RCPS supports families include:

  • Basic school supplies
  • Winter coats
  • Hats, glove, mittens, etc.
  • Hygienic items (toothpaste, toothbrush, etc.)
  • Clothing Assistance
  • Welcome Home Basket
  • And more!

How to receive help: If you or a student is in need, contact your school for support or Malora Horn, RCPS McKinney-Vento Coordinator, at (540) 400-9787 or email [email protected].

How to help students: Individuals, organizations, and businesses that wish to support students may make monetary or material donations to the Help the Homeless Fund.

The McKinney-Vento Program is part of Student Services, which is led by:

Hayley Poland
Assistant Superintendent of Equity & Student Services
(540) 853.1393  |  [email protected]

Student Services is part of the Academics team, which reports to:

Archie Freeman
Chief Academic Officer
(540) 853.6113  |  [email protected]

40 Douglass Avenue NW, Roanoke, VA 24012 Phone 540-853-2502