Project Link Homeless Education Program works to improve the educational outcomes for homeless students by providing educational support through tutoring, basic needs such as school supplies, hygiene items, snacks and clothing. Project Link also assists families in collaborating with community, social service organizations, and with school personnel to identify and serve students in need.
Every child and youth experiencing homelessness is successful in school from early childhood through higher education.
The McKinney Vento Act requires schools to enroll students experiencing homelessness immediately even if the documentation
requested for enrollment is not available. MKV Project Link Students have the right to a free and appropriate public education.
Homeless students have certain rights under McKinney Vento Federal law, including:
- The right to enroll and attend classes even if you are missing documents usually required for enrollment including birth certificate, immunization records, academic records and a permanent address.
- The right to go to school and receive the same services just like other students.
- Students have the right to remain in their school of origin when feasible and if it provides the best, adequate and appropriate placement.
- The right to transportation to school, according to current District transportation guidelines.
McKinney Vento Project Link
Project Link welcomes referrals of homeless children from any person or school personnel or community agency. Project Link has Family Liaisons and Social Workers to receive referrals. The Family Liaisons serve the district’s students from Pre-K through High School.
Project Link Office
Valley View Elementary School
915 E. California Ave.
Las Cruces, NM 88011