The program addresses problems that homeless children and youth face in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school. It ensures that each homeless child and youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including public preschool education, as other children and youth. The State and districts are required to undertake steps to remove barriers to academic success for homeless students and youth. Each school district has a Homeless Liaison for program administration.
The McKinney-Vento Act defines “homeless children and youth” as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. The term includes – • Children and youth who are: - sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason (sometimes referred to as doubled-up); - living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations; - living in emergency or transitional shelters; - abandoned in hospitals; or - awaiting foster care placement; • Children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings; • Children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and • Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above.
How to get started
Use one of these methods to contact this service:
- Interview with local school or school district.
- Find the location closest to you below, and use their contact information.
Full Family Support