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McKinney-Vento Act

Definition of Homeless:
If you lost your housing and now live in any of the following situations:
  • Doubled up with other people due to loss of housing or economic hardship 
  • In a shelter, motel, vehicle, or campground
  • On the street
  • In an abandoned building, trailer or other inadequate accommodations
What is the McKinney-Vento Act?
Under the McKinney-Vento Act, children in homeless situations have the right to:
  • Go to school, no matter where they live or how long they have lived there. 
  • Attend either the local school or the school of origin, if this is in their best interest; the school of origin is the school the child attended when he/she was permanently housed or the school in which the child was last enrolled.  
  • Receive transportation to and from the school or origin.  
  • Enroll in school immediately, even if missing records and documents normally required for enrollment, such as a birth certificate, proof of residence, previous school records, or immunization/medical records. 
  • Have access to the same programs and services that are available to all other students, including transportation and supplemental  educational services. 
  • Attend school with children not experiencing homelessness: a school can not segregate a student because he or she is homeless.
Heidi Fyffe, MV Liaison,
Susannah Wayland, ODE
M-V State Coordinator