McKinney-Vento Services

District Support for Students & Families Experiencing Homelessness

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is a federal law that guarantees all children and youth the right to an equal education regardless of their living situation. Protection under the McKinney-Vento Act extends to those who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. Please view the McKinney-Vento Program flyer.

Support Services for Youth & Families

Children who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence qualify for McKinney-Vento (homeless) services. This includes:

  • Sharing the housing of others due to economic hardship (doubled up/couch surfing);
  • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, camping grounds due to lack of adequate alternative accommodations;
  • Living in emergency or transitional shelters;
  • Working with a housing case manager through community agencies like Opportunity Council or Lydia Place;
  • Living in a public or private place not designated for humans to live;
  • Living in cars, parks, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations;
  • Migratory children living in above circumstances; and
  • Unaccompanied youth (not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian).

All homeless students have the right to:

  • School stability – remain at their “school of origin” or enroll in their local school district they currently reside;
  • Immediate enrollment – even without required registration documents;
  • Transportation – to “school of origin” if requested; and
  • Free school meals – students eligible for homeless services automatically qualify.