The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act
K-12 Students experiencing homelessness have rights and provisions guaranteed to them under the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act. The purpose of this act is to provide educational stability and support for homeless students. Every public and charter school system in the US must have a Homeless Liaison.
Who is Homeless?
- Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason.
- Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camp grounds.
- Living in emergency or transitional shelters.
- Living with friends or non-guardians.
- Abandoned in hospitals.
- Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above.
Homeless Student Provisions:
- Remain enrolled in his/her school of origin, which is the school the student attended when he/she became homeless.
- Receive transportation to and/or from school at the request of the parent, and if deemed feasible by the Homeless Liaison.
- Receive free breakfast and lunch at school.
- Participate in Title I programs.
To learn more about the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act, please visit www.azed.gov/homeless.