McKinney-Vento Act

McKinney-Vento Act

According to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act:

"The Education of Homeless Children and Youth program is to ensure that all homeless children and youth have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including preschool education, provided to other children and youth."

What is McKinney-Vento Act

McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 2001 - Title X, Part C of the No Child Left Behind Act - Sec 725 states that:

The term "homeless children and youth" - 

    (A) means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence...; and

    (B) includes-

        (i) children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; or are abandoned in hospitals;

        (ii) children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings...

        (iii) children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus train stations, or similar settings; and 

        (iv) migratory children who qualify as homeless for the purposes of this subtitle because the children are living in circumstances described in clauses (i) through (iii).

What Rights Do Homeless Students Have?

Free and appropriate public education

Services comparable to those offered to non-homeless children and youth

Choice to remain in their school of origin or transfer to a school in their current attendance area

Immediate enrollment in school despite the lack of permanent address or the lack of school records

Access to educationally related support services funded by district Title I funds

Transportation to school and to school programs

Advocacy from a school district liaison to ensure that rights are upheld

If you or someone you know is a student and living in one of the situations above, please contact:

Benton Harbor Area School District Homeless Liaison
Cleather Nichols
Student Support Services
636 Pipestone
Benton Harbor, MI 49022
Phone: 269.605.1065
Cell: 269.338.2240
Fax: 269.605.1073