McKinney Vento Act and Local Resources

Homeless Coordinator
Catherine Alix, RN Nurse Leader
Contact Information:  /  508-543-2508, Ext. 360

Defining Homeless
The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children as “individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.” The act provides examples of children who would fall under this definition:

  • Children and youth sharing housing due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason
  • Children and youth living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camp grounds due to lack of alternative accommodations
  • Children and youth living in emergency or transitional shelters
  • Children and youth awaiting foster care placement
  • Children and youth whose primary nighttime residence is not ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation (e.g. park benches, etc)
  • Children and youth living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations
  • Migratory children and youth living in any of the above situations

Families may qualify for certain rights and protections under the federal McKinney-Vento Act.
Eligible students have the right to:

  • Receive a free, appropriate public education
  • Enroll in school if lacking documents normally required for enrollment
  • Attend class while school gathers needed documents
  • Continue attending their school of origin
  • Receive transportation to and from school if requested
  • Receive educational services comparable to those provided to other students according to the student’s needs.

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