Federal Programs » Homeless


Program Description:
Every Child Has a Right to an Education. The federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act and Texas state law protect the rights of homeless children and youth to receive a free and appropriate public education. Nearly everyone in Texas who is between the ages of 5 and 21 on September 1 of the school year and has not been expelled has the right to attend school, even if they:
  • Don't have a permanent address have a previous address in another town or state
  • Don't live with a parent or legal guardian
  • Live temporarily doubled-up with friends or family
  • Sleep in a shelter
  • Sleep in a campground; car; abandoned building; or other facility not designated for, or ordinarily used as regular accommodations for human beings
  • Don't have school records

For information regarding the services available through the McKinney Vento Homeless Education Program, or to inquire about ways to become involved, please contact:
Diane Grimm, the Giddings ISD Homeless Liaison
P.O. Box 389
Giddings, Texas 78942
(979) 542-2854 
One of the campus contacts:
Elementary - Karen Hester, Counselor, 542-2886
Intermediate - Sheri Fritsche, Counselor, 542-4403
Middle School - Cari Ulrich,Counselor, 542-2057
High School - Karen Gonzales, Counselor, 542-3351