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    A McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Program
     The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act is a federal law that ensures immediate enrollment and educational stability for homeless children and youth. McKinney-Vento provides federal funding to states for the purpose of supporting district programs that serve homeless students.

    Welcome to the Higley Unified School District Students in Transition (S.I.T) program. This site is designed to provide information to families and students who are experiencing homelessness. It is our intent and mission to give program participants quality resources and guidance so they may attain academic success regardless of their housing status.

    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 abandoned in hospitals
    • 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
    Printable Program Brochure:
    This will open up a new window/tab containing the PDF version of our Students in Transition brochure for Teachers and Staff.
    Please visit the Arizona Department of Education website for more information regarding the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act.