Families under the McKinney-Vento Act are in transition due to life experiences and lacking a FIXED, REGULAR, ADEQUATE residence. 

  • 4% of the total student population in the TFSD are identified as homeless. The national average = 10%.
  • This is an increase of 50% more students identified in the past 5 years.
  • 64% of students in TFSD qualify for free/reduced lunch.
  • May of 2017 TFSD identified 449 children as homeless and 382 were enrolled in school.
    • 73% lived “doubled up”
    • 11% lived in motels
    • 10% lived at a shelter
    • 6% lived in a camp trailer/motorhome/car

The TFSD reduces barriers by providing a safe and stable school environment.  We can assist with:

  • Immediate enrollment
  • Free lunch/backpack program/school food pantries
  • School supplies/fees
  • Transportation
  • Tutoring
  • Hygiene supplies, clothing, shoes, and coats
  • Referrals to community agencies for other identified needs besides housing issues. Twin Falls does lack affordable housing and transportation to assist these families in a timely manner.

The TFSD has eight food pantries to help students in need and their families. If you need help feeding your family, contact your school’s counselor. These pantries are filled with donations from the community and are always accepting contributions.

JoAnn Gemar

JoAnn Gemar

At-Risk Services/Homeless Coordinator

(208) 733-6900 ext. 1007

Twice a year parents are asked to fill out the Student Residency Questionnaire to help identify families that might qualify for assistance through the McKinney-Vento Act. If you have questions about this program or if you need assistance please contact the Twin Falls School District At-Risk/Homeless Coordinator, JoAnn Gemar. We are here to help. 

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