McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Information

McKinney-Vento Homeless Information

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act defines homeless as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.

This includes:

  • Children who are temporarily sharing the housing of other persons due to the loss of housing or economic hardship.
  • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, camping grounds due to a lack of alternative, adequate accommodation. 
  • Living in emergency & transitional shelters or are abandoned in hospitals.  
  • Living in public or private places not designed for or ordinarily used as regular sleeping accommodations for human beings.  
  • Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, bus or train stations or similar settings.  
  • Migratory children living in the above situations.

McKinney-Vento Act Student Rights

The McKinney-Vento Act provides certain rights for homeless students. They include waiving certain requirements, such as proof of residency when students are enrolling, and allowing categorical eligibility for certain services, such as free textbooks. The act also states:

  • Homeless students may attend their school of origin or the school where they are temporarily residing.
  • Homeless students must be provided a written statement of their rights when they enroll at least two times per year.
  • Homeless students may enroll without school, medical, or similar records.
  • Homeless students have a right to transportation to school.
  • Students must be provided a statement explaining why they are denied any service or enrollment.
  • Students must receive services, such as transportation, while disputes are being settled.
  • Students are automatically eligible for Title I services.
  • School districts must reserve a portion of Title IA funds to serve homeless students.
  • School districts must review and revise policies that provide barriers to homeless students.
  • Schools must post information in the community regarding the rights of homeless students in schools and other places that homeless families may frequent.
  • School districts must identify a McKinney Vento Liaison to assist students.

McKinney-Vento Act Student Rights

McKinney-Vento District Liaison

Jackie Huber
Director of Student Learning

McKinney-Vento IDOE State Coordinator Contact Information

Flora Jones, Director of Student Pathways & Opportunities 
Charie Gibson, Homeless Education Specialist

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