McKinney-Vento Program (Housing Instability)

McKinney-Vento Homeless Children and Youth Program

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Children and Youth Program provides children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, adequate nighttime residence equal access to public education. 51Թ qualifying for McKinney-Vento services include individuals who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship or similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or campgrounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals. Migratory children living in the above circumstances also qualify for McKinney-Vento services. Unaccompanied Youth are defined as children or youth who meet the definition of homeless not residing in the physical custody of a parent or guardian.

Educational Rights

Children and youth in transition who fit the McKinney-Vento definition have certain rights, including:

  • Immediate enrollment, even if they lack the documents needed at the time of enrollment.
  • Free meals and textbooks.
  • Assist with the retrieval of immunization records and birth certificates.
  • Transportation to and from the school of origin.
  • Referrals to community resources (i.e., counseling, medical, dental, and mental health referrals).
  • FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) verification letters.
  • Participation within eligible before- and after-school programs.
  • School uniforms and school supplies.
  • Cap and gowns for graduating seniors.

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