Students Experiencing Homelessness McKinney-Vento Act
In transition? Unstable housing situation?
Let us connect you with the support to keep your education on track. Hardships happen, and the McKinney -Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act, a federal law, ensures immediate enrollment and educational stability for homeless children and youth. Our district-appointed liaisons are here to facilitate, locate and assist our families and students who find themselves needing support during these difficult moments to continue receiving the highest standards of education.
- Live in a shelter, motel or campground?
- Live doubled-up with other people or couch-surfing?
- Live in a car, park or abandoned building?
Get covered in three simple steps
- TALK to your school counselor. Your school counselor will complete an intake form which will identify your student's needs and any community resources available to you
- CONTACT Shannon Forslund, McKinney-Vento Liaison at firstname.lastname@example.org, 253-435-6607 for any additional resource assistance
Under the McKinney-Vento Act you have a right to an education without barriers, which means you can:
- Receive a free public education
- Enroll in school immediately, even if you lack documents normally required for enrollment
- Attend classes while the school gathers your missing documents
- Enroll in the school closest to you or the school you were last enrolled in (school of origin), even if you have been forced to relocate
- Receive transportation to and from your school of origin
- Receive all the same educational services other students receive, even if you can't pay
- Participate in before and after school programs
- Receive counseling
- Receive free breakfast and lunch
- Participate in special education, bilingual vocational and gifted programs as qualified
- Receive school supplies
- Receive extra academic support through Title I funding
- Receive evaluation for any disabilities
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.