State & Federal Programs

Retta White

Federal Program Director


Union Public School District's Federal Programs Department provides local educational agencies with additional resources to help improve student achievement and close the achievement gap between disadvantaged students and their peers as they strive to meet challenging state academic standards.

417 S. Decatur St. | PO Box 445 | Union, MS 39365 | Phone: 601-774-9579 ext. 1016 | Fax: 601-774-0600

The McKinney-Vento Act defines "homelessness children and youth" as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. The term includes:

Children and youth who are:

  • sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason (sometimes referred to as doubled-up);

  • living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations;

  • living in emergency or transitional shelters;

  • abandoned in hospitals;

  • awaiting foster care placement;

Children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;

Children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public places, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above.

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