Do you qualify for McKinney-Vento Support?
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 fall under this definition as:
- Children and youth sharing housing due to loss of housing, economic hardship or 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 whose primary nighttime residence is not ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodations (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.
Children’s Emergency Fund
Children’s Emergency Fund is a 501(c)3 public charity association that helps Puyallup School District students and their families in times of crisis. We assist low-income families with basic needs such as housing and utilities, and we offer funds for their students’ medical, dental, clothing, or school expenses. For homeless or fostering families, we waive income requirements on a case-by-case basis. We also give information about other local resources, regardless of a family’s eligibility.