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.
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.