Definition of Children Experiencing Homelessness
Individuals who lack a fixed, regular or adequate nighttime residence are defined as homeless under the federal McKinney-Vento Act. These circumstances are caused due to financial hardship, eviction, domestic violence or other difficult life circumstances. Examples of temporary living circumstances are:
Educational Rights of Children Experiencing Homelessness
If a student qualifies as homeless under the McKinney-Vento Act, they have the right to:
If a family is homeless under the Mckinney-Vento definition they are eligible for support with ensuing the above rights are honored and support with resources. If a parent/family needs assistance, please see below for the referral form and/or contact a staff member listed below.
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act requires that all education agencies follow a dispute resolution process when parents, guardians, or unaccompanied youth disagree with schools over eligibility, school selection, or school enrollment.