Richmond College Prep’s Families in Transition provides support for homeless school-age children and youth who attend WCCUSD schools.

Identifying homeless children and youth is a critical step in ensuring that they receive appropriate services and support. The Families in Transition provides homeless youth with the following services:

  • Transportation assistance
  • Counseling
  • School supplies
  • Assistance getting back into school
  • Referrals to community agencies

Homeless and Foster
Youth Liaison

Maria Trejo

(510) 235-2066 x102

1014 Florida Ave.

Richmond, CA 94804

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act, reauthorized in January 2002, seeks to ensure that homeless children and youth have access to free appropriate public education on an equal basis with other children. Homeless children and youth are defined as follows:

  • An individual who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence;
  • “Doubled-up” families, children in families that live with friends or relatives due to a loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason;
  • Children and youth living in a shelter, transitional housing, motel, vehicle, or campground;
  • “Unaccompanied youth,” children and youth who are not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian.

Identifying Homeless Children—Signs to Look For:

  • Chronic hunger and tiredness;
  • Erratic attendance and tardiness;
  • Students who have frequently changed schools;
  • Talks about staying with grandparents, other relatives, friends, or in motels;
  • Students who move frequently during the year.


(a) For purposes of this section, “liaison” means a local educational agency liaison for homeless children and youths and unaccompanied youths designated pursuant to Section 11432(g)(1)(J)(ii) of Title 42 of the United States Code.

(b) A school district, charter school, or county office of education shall create an internet web page or post on its internet website both of the following:

(1) A list of the liaisons in that school district, charter school, or county office of education, respectively, and the contact information for those liaisons.

(2) Specific information on homelessness, including, but not limited to, information regarding the educational rights and resources available to persons experiencing homelessness.