• 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