Families In Transition


Contact Info

Tori Sisk - SDSS Coordinator

Homeless Liaison

Foster Care Liaison

Email: tsisk@aisd.net

Elizabeth Higgens

SDSS Specialist

Email: egarzahi@aisd.net

Hilldale Annex

4814 W. Arkansas Ln.
Arlington, TX 76016

Office: 682-867-7668
Fax: 817-492-3388

About Families in Transition

This program is designed to provide services mandated by the federal McKinney-Vento Act for students living in transitional housing situations including shelters, hotels/motels/ unsheltered or doubled up due to economic hardship.  This program serves Pre-K, elementary, junior high and high school students in transitional living situations. The primary focus of the program is to provide continuity for the learner and a positive experience utilizing instruction and education related activities.

McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

The McKinney-Vento Act was originally authorized in 1987 and most recently re-authorized in December 2015 by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  Everyone who is between the ages of 4 and 21 on September 1st of the school year and has not been expelled, has the right to attend school, even if they:

  • Do not live with a parent or legal guardian
  • Lives temporarily doubled up with friends or family due to loss of housing or economic hardship
  • Sleeps in a shelter
  • Sleeps in a campground, car, abandoned building, or other place not designated for, or ordinarily used as regular housing for people
  • Lives in substandard housing (no electricity or water)
  • Participates in a transitional housing program
  • Does not have school records

Services Provided

The Federal McKinney-Vento Act and Texas State Law guarantee that if you meet eligibility requirements you may:

  • Enroll in school even without records
  • Continue to attend the school in which you were last enrolled, even if you have moved away from that school's attendance zone or district
  • Receive transportation from your current residence back to your school of origin
  • Qualify automatically for district free/reduced lunch and other district food programs
  • Participate fully in all school activities and programs for which you are eligible; and
  • Contact the district liaison to resolve any disputes that arise during the enrollment process

Other Links/Resources


 Arlington Life Shelter

 (817) 548-9885

Meals, case management, and help in finding a new home or apartment
(214) 441-2227


From volunteering for our mentoring programs to supporting ...
bbbsnt.org -   more related pages »
(817) 534-0814
Main Campus: 249 Thornhill Dr., FW 76115 
see other campuses...Catholic Charities Campuses
(817) 860-1836
Hunger relief, housing and homeless services, emergency assistance



ACH Youth Emergency Shelter

Provides outreach, education and case management services for homeless youth


North Davis Church of Christ



Emergency assistance to those who have found themselves homeless
(214) 941-8578


Promise House Youth Shelter
Emergency youth shelter in Dallas, TX


Families in Transition Staff





Andrews, LCSW

Wk: 682-867-7422

Email: handrews@aisd.net


Plair, LBSW, MSW

Wk: 682-867-7843

Email: cplair1@aisd.net


Ward, LCSW

Wk: 682-867-7425

Email: cward@aisd.net


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