City of Surprise Community Resources
12425 W Bell Rd #124
Surprise, AZ 85374
(623) 222-1600

Family Promise – Glendale
7115 North 55th Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85301

Vista Colina Emergency Family Shelter
1050 W Mountain View Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85021
(602) 944-0960

Church on the Street – COTS – Homeless Assistance
3210 NW Grand Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85017
(602) 225-7891

Homeward Bound
2302 West Colter Street
Phoenix, AZ 85015
(602) 263-7654

House Of Refuge Sunnyslope
9835 North 7th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85020
(602) 678-0223

The Respite Shelter for Homeless Men
7000 N Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85020
(602) 870-4353

Steps House – Center for Healing
2601 East Paradise Lane
Phoenix, AZ 85032
(602) 569-5571

Phoenix Rescue Mission
1801 S 35th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85009
(602) 346-3384

Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness
141 E Palm Lane
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 340-9393

Phoenix Dream Center
3210 NW Grand Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85017
(602) 346-8726

Catholic Charities Community Services
7400 W. Olive Avenue, #10
Peoria, AZ – 85345
(623) 486-9868

Sojourner Center – Phoenix
(602) 244-0997

The Society Of St. Vincent De Paul Diocese
420 W. Watkins Road
Phoenix, AZ – 85002
(602) 261-6812

Umom New Day Centers
3320 East Van Buren
Phoenix, AZ – 85008


The Arizona Homeless Education Program is dedicated to ensuring that all children and youth experiencing homelessness have access to the public education to which they are entitled under the federal McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth Assistance Act. ADE works towards this goal by ensuring that Arizona state policies are in compliance with federal law, by providing technical assistance to Arizona’s local homeless liaisons, and by providing informational and awareness materials to educators and other interested community members throughout Arizona.

Parent and Family Rights

  • Your child can be enrolled in school, even if you do not have required documents such as a birth certificate or shot records.
  •  Your child may be able to stay at the same school, and you may be able to receive transportation to that school.
  • Your child can receive free school breakfast and lunch.
State Coordinator
Silvia Chavez

(602) 542-4963
– Desk phone

(602) 542-3050
– Fax line

Every school district and charter school must appoint a homeless education liaison and submit their contact to the state department.

Calibre Academy Homeless Liaison:
Sharon Kaplan
Phone: (623) 556-2179

The Mckinney-Vento Act

Federal Guidelines

Your preschool and school-aged child(ren) may qualify for certain rights and protections under the Federal McKinney-Vento Act if your family lives in any of the following situations:

  • In a shelter
  • In a motel/hotel
  • In a car, park, abandoned building, bus or train station
  • Doubled up with other people due to loss of housing or economic hardship.
  • In a campground due to the lack of an alternative accommodation

The AZ Department of Education (ADE) and Local Educational Agencies (LEAs– public schools & charters) have designated points of contact to provide assistance and school stability.

Your eligible child(ren) have the right to:

  • Immediate school enrollment. A school must immediately enroll students even if they lack health, immunization or school records, proof of guardianship, or proof of residency.
  • Enroll in: the school he/she attended when permanently housed (school of origin); the school in which he/she was last enrolled (school of origin) ; any school that non-homeless students living in the same attendance area in which the homeless child or youth is actually living are eligible to attend.
  • Remain enrolled in his/her selected school for as long as he/ she remains homeless or, if the student becomes permanently housed, until the end of the academic year.
  • Priority in certain preschool programs.
  • Participate in a tutorial-instructional support program, school-related activities, and/or receive other support services
  • Obtain information regarding how to get fee waivers, and low-cost or free medical referrals.
  • Transportation services: A homeless student attending his/her school of origin has a right to transportation to go to and from the school of origin as long as (s)he is homeless or, if the student becomes permanently housed, until the end of the academic year.

If you believe your child(ren) may be eligible:

  1. Contact the school of attendance for your child(ren), speak to the front office staff and request McKinney-Vento services as well as the district liaison contact information. OR
  2. Visit the ADE website to find your Point of Contact for your LEA:

If you are having trouble contacting your district liaison and receiving services, please contact:
Silvia Chavez, AZ State Coordinator – Homeless Education Program