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Title I Administrative Office

Spencer Bibbs Center
2005 North 6th Avenue
Pensacola, FL 32503
Phone: 850-595-6915
Fax: 850-595-6933

Monday - Friday: 
7:00 am - 4:00 pm

Homeless Student Services

New! Fax Number: 595-0245


Homeless Student Services

The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children and youth as individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence.  Including but not limited to:

  • Children and youth sharing housing of others due to loss of housing, economic hardship or similar reason
  • Children and youth living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative accommodations
  • Children and youth living in emergency or transitional shelters
  • Children and youth abandoned in hospitals
  • Children and youth whose primary nighttime residence is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings
  • Children and youth living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations or similar settings
  • Migratory children and youth living in any of the above situations


The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act grants homeless students the following rights:

  • The right to access the same free and appropriate public education as provided to all other children. 
  • The right to enroll in school immediately, even if lacking enrollment documentation
  • The right to enroll in school and attend classes while gathering enrollment documents
  • The right to enroll in the school of origin (the school attended when permanently housed or the last school enrolled)
  • The right to transportation to and from the school of origin when requested
  • The right to educational services comparable to those provided to other students, according to the child’s needs
  • The right to go to school with children who are not homeless


The Homeless Liaison is committed to serving homeless families through:

  • Assisting with school registration, records transfers, immunizations, free school meals and school bus transportation
  • Working with other entities and agencies to ensure homeless students are identified by school personnel 
  • Ensuring that homeless students enroll in, and have equal opportunity to succeed in school
  • Ensuring that homeless students receive the services for which they are entitled
  • Ensuring unaccompanied youths are enrolled in school and receive support to accrue credits and access to higher education
  • Providing referrals for critical needs such as food, clothing, housing and health services
  • Informing parents of the educational rights of homeless children and youth, including attendance to the school of origin and school bus transportation
  • Facilitating the display public notice of the educational rights of homeless children
  • Mediating in school enrollment disputes
  • Ensuring school personnel providing McKinney-Vento services receive professional development and other support

Escambia County School District
Homeless Liaison
Melissa Hyde
Resource Teacher
850-595-6915 ext. 267

The Homeless Advocate is available to assist homeless families through:

  • Helping procure school enrollment documents such as birth certificates and immunizations
  • Providing referrals for critical needs such as food, clothing, housing and health services
  • Collaborating with schools and agencies to identify homeless students
  • Providing translation assistance and services to Spanish-speaking families

Opening Doors Northwest Florida
Homeless Advocate

Agustin Rodriguez

850-439-3009 ext. 103