Definition of Homeless

Based on the McKinney-Vento Act, the term "homeless individual" includes:  

  • An individual who lacks a fixed, regular, adequate (with electricity and plumbing) nighttime residence;
  • An individual who has primary nighttime residence in a supervised, publicly or privately operated shelter for temporary accommodations (including welfare hotels, congregate shelters, and transitional housing for the mentally ill)
  • An individual who sleeps in a public or private place not designated for, or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings (e.g. cars, parks, motels)
  • Children living with a parent in a domestic violence shelter
  • An individual who is, out of necessity, living with relatives or friends due to lack of housing
  • Run-away children (under 18 years of age) and children and youths who have been abandoned or forced out of the home by parents or other caretakers, or such youth (between 18 and 20 years of age) who may still be eligible for educational services who:
    • Temporarily reside in shelters awaiting assistance from social services agencies
    • Live alone on the street or move from place to place between family members, friends or acquaintances
    • Children waiting for foster care placement
    • Children of migrant families who lack adequate housing

The Churchill County School District provides homeless children the opportunity to achieve the same high quality academic standards by eliminating barriers to their education. The District Homeless Liaison with the Students in Transition program works closely with site liaisons (school counselor) at every school in the district to identify over 100 children yearly.  Children living in motels, homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, doubled up, or an unaccompanied youth can receive assistance to remove barriers to school enrollment including: transportation to school of origin, assistance obtaining school records, birth certificate and immunization records. Our liaisons will also direct you to our FRIENDS/Family Resource Center who can assist with information and referrals to other community resources.  Adequate basic needs of food, shelter and clothing for homeless children are a concern for Churchill County School District.  The SIT program collaborates with our community through generous donations to provide the children with backpacks, school supplies, personal care items, shoes, clothing, and food. Enrichment activities such as field trips, sports, and musical instruments can be requested through the SIT program to help normalize  the academic life of the homeless child.

If you need assistance please contact your school liaison.

District Transition Program Coordinator


Carol Johnson, Students in Transition Coordinator

Federal Programs Office

690 S. Maine Street



Local SIT Liaisons:

E. C. Best Elementary School

Patty Daum, Counselor

750 E. Williams Ave.



Lahontan Elementary School

MerryKay Kennedy, Counselor

1099 Merton Dr.



Northside Elementary School

Teri Camacho, Secretary II/SIT Liaison

340 Venturacci Lane



Numa Elementary School

Noreen Swenson, Counselor

601 Discovery Way



Churchill County Middle School

Amanda Lister, Counselor

650 S. Maine St.



Churchill Co. High School

Autumn Lucero, Counselor (All Freshmen and Special Education Students)

Robin Wood, Counselor (Juniors and Sophomores A-L)

Theresa Gehman, Counselor (Seniors and Sophomores M-Z)


For more information, please contact:


Carol Johnson
Students in Transition Coordinator

690 S. Maine St., Fallon, NV 89406

423-6955 ext. 153