Homeless Assistance Program

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act provides certain rights and protections for families experiencing homelessness. According to McKinney-Vento, anyone who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence is homeless.


  • “Doubled up” living with friends or family due to the loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason.
  • An “unaccompanied youth,” under the age of 18, living without a parent or guardian.
  • Living in an emergency shelter or transitional housing.
  • Abandoned in hospitals or awaiting foster care.
  • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or campgrounds due to a lack of adequate alternative accommodations.
  • Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations.
  • Migratory children living in these conditions.


  • Students should go to school, no matter where they live or how long they have lived there.
  • Students should attend either their local school or their school of origin if this is in their best interest. The school of origin is the school the child attended when he/she was permanently housed or the school in which the child was last enrolled.
  • Students are eligible for transportation to and from their school of origin (per district guidelines).
  • Students should enroll in school immediately, even if they are missing records and documents normally required for enrollment (birth certificate, proof of residence, previous school records, immunization records).
  • Students are eligible to receive free breakfast and lunch.
  • Students are eligible for a waiver of school fees.
  • Students will receive a referral to community resources and other related family assistance.
  • Students and families have the right to receive a written explanation of all decisions, and the right to appeal the decision.
  • Students have the right to receive a free, appropriate public education.


  • Family Promise of Western Waukesha County: links community resources together to provide cost-effective shelter, meals, and supportive services to local homeless children and their families.
    • Contact: 543 AJ Allen Circle, Suite D, Wales WI, 53183. (262) 968-2321
  • Hebron House: (262) 549-8722
  • Siena House: (262) 549-8732
  • Salvation Army: (Males only), (262) 547-7367
  • Jeremy House: (mental health – adults), (262) 549-8735
  • House of Hope: (halfway house for women with alcohol and drug issues and their children), (262) 542-2663
  • Women’s Center:(Women and their families experiencing domestic violence)
    • Hotline: (262) 542-3828
    • Office: (262) 547-4600
    • First Call for HELP: 211 or (262) 547-3388

Local Resources

Abundant Life Food Pantry

(food and additional resources as well)
995 S. Sawyer Road
Oconomowoc, WI  53066

Ixonia Food Pantry

First Baptist Church of Ixonia
N8346 North Street, Ixonia

Lord's Cupboard

at St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Oconomowoc

Oconomowoc Food Pantry

W359 N5848 Brown Street
Oconomowoc, WI 53066

Crosspoint Community Church Food Pantry

W380 N6931 N. Lake Road
Oconomowoc, WI  53066

Wisconsin FoodShare Program

  • Provides a debit card called the QUEST card. You can use this at grocery stores to buy healthy food.
  • FoodShare helps people of all ages who have low incomes.
Contact: Workforce Development Center-Waukesha County

Women, Infant & Children (WIC)

  • WIC provides healthy foods and referrals to health care.
  • This program is for pregnant women, new mothers, and infants and children up to age five.


What Questions Should I Ask Regarding Services Under the McKinney-Vento?

  1. Who is the local homeless education liaison and my first contact person if I have questions?
    • Erin Lee, School Social Worker, 262-560-8234
  2. Is transportation available for my child?
    • Yes, the district works together with the family to discuss the best plan to get the children to school.
  3. How can my child receive free meals at school?
    • Erin Lee, Homeless Liaison will help with school fees, meals, and school supplies.
  4. Can my child continue in his/her school of origin?
    • Yes, if it is in the best interest of the child. Talk to your school social worker.


  • District Homeless Liaison: Erin Lee, School Social Worker, (262)-560-8234, LeeE@oasd.org
  • OASD Director of Student Services, Dyanna Kadrich, KadrichD@oasd.org
  • WI Department of Public Instruction, Homeless Coordinators, Kristine Nadolski, State EHCY, (608)-267-7338 or Karen Rice, State EHCY, (608)-267-1284
  • If you require further assistance, please contact the Oconomowoc Area School District Student Services Department at (262)-560-2155.
915 E. Summit Avenue
Oconomowoc, WI 53066
Nondiscrimination: The Oconomowoc Area School District provides assurance that no student is discriminated against because of the student's sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability.
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