Homeless Assistance

Who can help?
There is a Family Services Coordinator responsible for our district.  Her role is to help families in homeless situations with school-related issues. For example, the liaison can help with problems related to enrollment, request transportation on behalf of the children, help obtain immunizations or immunization records and birth certificates, and help mediate disputes with the school district.

Patti Ostler Family Services Coordinator MSD of Martinsville

765-342-8488/765-342-8408 or email her at [email protected]


Many families are not living in homeless shelters, but do not have a home of their own. Families who are staying with family members or friends are referred to as “doubling-up.” Not all families that are doubled-up are homeless, but families who stay with others because of a loss of housing or due to economic hardship are covered by the McKinney-Vento Act and are entitled to the rights it provides for students.

Quick Links for Parents/Youth: McKinney-Vento Law

Support for Schools/Teachers
National Association for Education of Homeless Children and Youth

Teaching Resources from National Coalition for Homeless: http://nationalhomeless.org/references/teaching/