McKinney-Vento Information

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act can help provide school stability for you or your child if you do not have a permanent home and are:

  • Staying with friends or family because you lost housing
  • Living in a shelter, including transitional programs
  • Staying in motels because you cannot get your own home
  • Living on the streets, in a car, van, tent, or other nonpermanent structure

As an eligible student you have the right to:

  • Receive a free, appropriate public education
  • Enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment
  • Enroll in school and attend classes while the school gathers needed documents
  • Enroll in the local school or continue attending your school of origin (the school you attended when permanently housed or the school in which you were last enrolled), if that is your preference and is feasible*
  • Receive transportation to and from the school of origin, if you request this
  • Receive educational services comparable to those of other students, according to your needs as a student

*If the school district believes that the school selected is not in your best interest, the district must provide you with a written explanation of its position and inform you of your right to appeal its decision.

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If you believe you may be eligible, contact one of the individuals below to find out what services and supports may be available:

Local Contact:

Kara Baugues


State Contacts:

Flora Jones, Director of Student Pathways & Opportunities

Charie Gibson, Homeless Education Specialist


McKinney Vento Website

Information and Resources:

Coalition for Homelessness

Intervention and Prevention


National Center for

Homelessness Education


National Association for the Education

of Homeless Children and Youth


National Law Center on

Homelessness and Poverty


SERVE Improving Learning through

Research and Development


U.S. Department of Education