Information for Homeless

Title X
McKinney-Vento Act 
This act is designed to help students who are lacking a stable and adequate nighttime residence to maintain stability in their school with needed support and services.
Educationally qualifying the family for Homeless
  • Those who lack a fixed, adequate, stable nighttime residence.
  • Those sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing or economic hardship.
  • Those living in motels, trailer parks, camp grounds, cars, parks, abandoned buildings, substandard living conditions or a similar setting.
  • Those living in emergency shelter or transitional shelters.
  • Unaccompanied youth and/or migratory children living in the above conditions.
What is required of the school?
  • Have a designated homeless liaison who is in charge of getting support for identified students.
  • Set aside some of their Title I funds to serve Title X students.
  • Student must be allowed to enroll immediately, even if the required documents are not available.
  • Student must be signed up to receive free meals.
  • Student must be transported to the school of origin (if feasible).
  • Student must be allowed to participate in any program for which they qualify.

It is my job to document any student who meets the above qualifications. School staff, students, and families can help by filling out the referral form. Please send the form to me and I will validate if a student meets standards of the McKinney Vento Act. If you would like for me to contact a student or family, please do not hesitate to contact me. There are many agencies and personnel I can connect with to provide immediate assistance. 

Kaitlyn Birkhead 
District Social Worker & Homeless Liaison
1224 N. Husband St.
Stillwater, Ok 74074
Office: 405-533-6300
Mobile: 918-510-2520


For more information about homelessness and education please see:
National Center for Homeless Education 

SPS S.T.A.R. (Supporting Transitions And Resiliency)

SPS STAR is an initiative to support SPS families in need. The STAR program employs a "whole family" approach when working with students and their families who need a little extra support. The social workers link families with local community resources and also partner with the Pioneer Pantry to support basic needs for the family such as hygiene items, cleaning supplies, basic household supplies, and children's clothing. The STAR program can also assist families needing to sign up for state benefits, employment assistance, laundry services, and more. 


Provide Rest, Dreams, and Hope. SPS provides twin size mattresses/frames/box springs for our students in need. You can contribute to this fund by contacting Furniture Showcase at: 405-624-3212.  Simply let them know you'd like to contribute to the Stillwater Public Schools account.  We are so grateful for any donations.  The cost of 1 twin size mattress/frame/box spring is: $258.

Laundry Love.  SPS provides laundry services for families experiencing homelessness or who are just struggling to launder their clothing.  You can contribute to this fund by contacting Cowboy Laundry at 405-624-9274.

For assistance from or to make a donation of items to SPS STAR, please can contact Diana Nolan at 580-747-3686. To make a monetary donation, please click here.

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