Office of Students in Transition
Manual Career Technical Center 
1215 E Truman Rd. Suite 358
Kansas City, Missouri 64106 
Phone: (816) 418-8640
Fax: (816) 418-8685
Hours 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
If you have questions concerning transportation, please contact the Transportation Department at (816) 418-8825. 
If you answer yes to any of the four questions below, please contact us at (816) 418-8640.

Are you sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason?

Are you currently residing at a motel, hotel, in a car, or at a campsite because
your home has been damaged or because of economic reasons?

Are you currently residing in a shelter?

Are you currently living in a temporary housing arrangement due to economic hardship? 
"On a regular basis, children and youth report that school is a home to them – a place where they see the same faces, sit in the same seat, and can put their hearts and minds into pursuits that ease their daily troubles."

Educational Rights of Homeless Students
Under the McKinney-Vento Act, children in homeless situations have the right to:
  • Go to school, no matter where they live or how long they have lived there
  • Attend either their school of origin or their local school 
  • Receive associated transportation services
  • Enroll in school immediately, even if missing documents normally required for enrollment, such as: 
    • birth certificate,
    • proof of residence,
    • school records,
    • Immunization (shots) or medical records
    • proof of income
  • Have immediate access to free lunch (without filling out forms)
  • Engage in all the same programs and services that are available to all other students 
Who Qualifies for Services?
Homeless children are those who lack a fixed, regular or adequate nighttime residence, 
and includes children and youth who are:
  • Temporarily “doubled-up” with relatives or friends due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar issue
  • Living in motels, hotels, or campgrounds 
  • Living in emergency or transitional shelters
  • Awaiting foster care placement
  • Runaway youth, as well as youth not residing with their legal guardian
  • Living in housing without heat, lights, or water 
Services and Supports
Homeless children may require the following: 
  • School Transportation
  • School supplies and backpacks
  • Uniforms for school
  • School Activity and Field Trip Fees
  • Before and after school tutoring
  • Case Management 
  • Resource Referrals