Are you living in an unstable, temporary or inadequate situation?
Students who lack a “fixed, regular and adequate night-time residence” may be eligible for additional educational services and assistance through the Federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act.
Examples of circumstances that are eligible include:
- Staying in a shelter (family, domestic violence, or youth shelter) or FEMA trailer
- Waiting for foster care placement
- Sharing the housing of others (doubled-up) due to loss of housing, eviction, economic hardship or similar reason
- Living in a car, park, campground, public space, abandoned building, substandard housing or similar
- Temporarily living in a motel or hotel due to loss of housing, economic hardship or similar reason
- A student under age 18, living alone, with friends or with an adult that is not your parent or legal guardian
- Unknown or temporary nighttime residence
Students qualifying under the McKinney-Vento Act have the right to:
- Continue to attend school in the school attended before you became homeless (school of origin).
- Receive transportation to the school of origin
- Enroll in school immediately, even without the required documents or school records
- Receive the same special programs and services, if needed, as provided to all other children served in these programs.
- Have enrollment disputes quickly addressed.
Please contact Caitlin Olson for more information.