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McKinney-Vento Homeless Support / Foster Care Supports

McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act

The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children and youths as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.

  • Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason (Doubled Up)
  • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations
  • Living in emergency or transitional shelters, or who are abandoned in hospitals

The term ‘awaiting foster care placement' has been removed from the definition of 'homeless' in McKinney-Vento.

Educational Assistance Under McKinney-Vento

Eligible students must be given access to the same public education provided for other students.

  • May be able to continue at the school they attended before becoming homeless or the school they last attended.
  • May be eligible to receive transportation to the school they attended before they became homeless or the school they last attended.
  • Immediate enrollment
  • Enroll and attend classes while the school arranges for the transfer of school and immunization records or any other documents required for enrollment.
  • Receive educational services comparable to those provided for other students, according to your children’s needs.

Contact McKinney-Vento Liaison

If your family lives in any of the above conditions, you may be eligible for some assistance under the McKinney-Vento Act. Our district McKinney-Vento Liaison can assist in determining your eligibility for our programs: 

McKinney-Vento Services/Foster Care Point of Contact


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Foster Care

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State Coordinator of Homeless Education
Silvia Chavez

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