McKinney-Vento Assistance Act Eligibility
The McKinney-Vento Assistance Act is a Federal Law that protects the educational rights of students experiencing homelessness. It defines “homeless children and youth” as any student who lacks a “fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.”
That includes students who are:
- Sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason.
- Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of adequate alternative accommodations.
- Living in emergency shelters or transitional housing.
- Living in cars, campgrounds, or bus stations.
This definition also includes migratory children who are staying in these situations.
Special protections also are provided for youth who are experiencing homelessness on their own (also known as unaccompanied youth – young people experiencing homelessness who are not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian).
Students who qualify as McKinney-Vento receive transportation, school uniforms, school/classroom supplies, personal hygiene supplies, tutoring, free breakfast, and lunch at school. McKinney-Vento students also have the right to remain in their “school of origin” for the school year they are identified.
Crane Elementary School District is committed to ensuring that homeless children and youth are identified, enrolled in school, and have a full and equal opportunity to succeed in school. Our District offers a variety of resources and services to support children, youth, and families who may be experiencing homelessness.
Education is a critical intervention to breaking the cycle of homelessness, and it is vital that families and youth who are homeless know their educational rights and how to exercise them. Whether you know a parent or youth experiencing homelessness, or someone who works with families and children, there are resources available from our Crane School District and we are here to help, and we hope you will share them far and wide. It will take all of us working together to ensure every child can succeed.
In 2017-2018, public schools identified the highest number of children & youth experiencing homelessness ever recorded – 1.5 million. That number is likely to skyrocket because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite this record figure, child and youth homelessness is not always visible. Children and youth without a home often move from place to place – motels, cars, or any space that offers shelter and safety.
THERE IS ONE HOME THAT ALL CHILDREN AND YOUTH HAVE IN COMMON: SCHOOL