Saddleback Valley Unified School District

Saddleback Mountains overlooking RSM Lake


McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Services

The Mckinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act is Title X, Part C of the No Child Left Behind Act. This legislation ensures that children and youth experiencing homelessness have full and equal access to an appropriate public education and that they experience success in school. The program protects children who are living in transitional housing situations, and states that any student lacking a fixed, regular or adequate place to live is eligible for this program.

Specifically, if students live under any of these conditions:

  • Living in a shelter (family, youth or domestic violence shelter or transitional living program)
  • Living in a motel, hotel or weekly rate housing
  • Living in a house or apartment with more than one family because of economic hardship or loss
  • Living in an abandoned building, in a car, at a campground or on the street
  • Are a child awaiting foster care placement
  • Living in substandard housing (without electricity, heat or water)
  • Living with friends or family because you are a runaway or unaccompanied youth

Under this legislation, a student is guaranteed enrollment in school, as well as, the opportunity to benefit from a variety of services to help meet educational needs. Services may include the following based on need and supply availability:

  • Backpacks and school supplies upon request
  • Free and reduced lunch program at school
  • Assistance in finding health, welfare and other county resources
  • Make educational needs linkages in the community
  • School enrollment assistance as needed, including school of origin

Should a student need assistance with any of the above mentioned items, contact the SVUSD homeless liaisons:

Mikey Park, Coordinator 949-580-3221



McKinney-Vento Forms

Resources & Helpful Information

Local Agencies and Support:

Donations for SVUSD Families

We are extremely grateful to all the agencies and individuals who support our families that find themselves struggling financially. The agencies below have supported our families through food distribution, care packages, backpacks, school supplies, lice kits, blankets, hot spots, laptops, etc. If you would like to make a donation to our families, or a specific family, please click the link below.


  • Assistance League of Saddleback Valley
  • Mission Viejo Police Foundation
  • Orange County Department of Education
  • Orange County Sheriff's Department, Mission Viejo
  • Phoenix House
  • Saddleback Church
  • Second Harvest